ShelterBox, a disaster relief agency located in Cornwall, declared it would send a team to Turkey to help those affected by the tragic earthquake. This week’s death toll has prompted ShelterBox to announce that its team will visit Turkey. However, according to Alice Jefferson, head of emergency response at ShelterBox, “Access and communication are challenging, and that’s why responses must be well-coordinated to make sure that the right aid is getting to the right people, in the right place, at the right time.” It said that it could provide several forms of aid, such as tents, shelter kits, and cash, to individuals in need.

The earthquake that struck southern Turkey and northern Syria was followed by a number of aftershocks, including one that was almost as powerful as the initial tremor. It measured as a magnitude 7.8, or “large” earthquake, on the official scale. It erupted along a fault that was around 100 kilometers (62 miles) long, severely harming nearby structures. The tragedy happened in the early hours of the morning, while many were still asleep inside. Since there had not been a significant earthquake or any warning signs in this region in more than 200 years, the degree of preparedness would be lower than it would be in a location that was more used to dealing with earthquakes.