Turkey earthquake: Rescue crews search rubble in northwest Syria

Footballer Christian Atsu is reportedly among those trapped after an earthquake in Turkey.

A 7.8 magnitude tremor struck southern Turkey and northern Syria early on Monday morning, before a subsequent 7.5 magnitude quake. A major rescue operation is underway in the region with more than 1,000 people dead and many more injured or missing.

Reports in Turkey suggest that Atsu, the 31-year-old former Chelsea and Newcastle winger, is among them. The Ghanaian joined Hatayspor last summer, and the club’s sporting director Taner Savut is also thought to be trapped. Istanbul-based journalist Yagiz Sabuncuoglu tweeted: “Hatayspor Sporting Director Taner Savut and Cristian Atsu were left under the rubble. Search and rescue teams are looking for two names.”

Follow latest updates below as the search operation continues.


Newcastle await Christian Atsu news amid reports of being trapped in earthquake

Newcastle are anxiously awaiting news of former midfielder Christian Atsu amid reports that he has been trapped in the earthquakes which hit Turkey and Syria on Monday.

The 31-year-old Ghana international, now playing his football with Turkish Super Lig side Hatayspor, was said to be missing after team-mates and members of the club’s technical staff had reportedly been pulled from rubble.

Atsu was part of the Magpies team which won promotion back to the Premier League in 2017 after joining on loan for the season from Chelsea, and later completed a permanent move.

Harry Latham-Coyle6 February 2023 14:15


Hatayspor’s Sam Adekugbe confirms he is safe

We still wait for an update on Christian Atsu, but there is good news on one of the Ghana winger’s Hatayspor teammates.

Posting on Instagram, London-born Canada international Sam Adekugbe appears to have confirmed that he is safe.

Harry Latham-Coyle6 February 2023 15:17


Death toll climbs to more than 2,300 in Turkey and Syria

Search and rescue teams continue to seek surivors amidst the rubble on a tragic day in southern Turkey and northern Syria. The revised death toll is now more than 2,300.

This is the morning ‘doomsday’ came to Turkey and Syria, writes our International Correspondent Bel Trew.

Harry Latham-Coyle6 February 2023 14:58


Bournemouth ‘hoping for positive news’ with Christian Atsu reportedly missing

Christian Atsu was briefly a Bournemouth player in 2015.

Harry Latham-Coyle6 February 2023 14:51


Ghanaian football federation releases statement with Christian Atsu reportedly missing

The Ghanaian Football Association has released this statement with Christian Atsu’s condition unknown after the earthquakes in Turkey.

“We pray for Ghana International Christian Atsu and victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. We continue with our efforts to establish contact with officials of Hataspor and the Turkish Football Federation, considering the difficult situation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Christian Atsu and our brothers and sisters in Turkey and Syria. We remain hopeful for positive news.”

(Getty Images)

Harry Latham-Coyle6 February 2023 14:35


Turkish cycling race cancelled after earthquake

Understandably, the Tour of Antalya – a four-stage cycling race due to be held in the south of Turkey this week – has been cancelled after the tragedy.

Harry Latham-Coyle6 February 2023 13:58


Christian Atsu reportedly missing after earthquake in Turkey

We still await news on Christian Atsu’s condition as search and rescue teams continue to dig through the rubble left by those two major seismic events.

Harry Latham-Coyle6 February 2023 13:56


Christian Atsu reportedly missing after earthquake in Turkey

John Mahama, president of Ghana between 2012 and 2017, has tweeted his hopes for positive news regarding Christian Atsu.

Harry Latham-Coyle6 February 2023 13:50


Second powerful earthquake rocks Turkey hours after morning devastation

Here, by the way, is Chris Stevenson’s report on the disaster in Turkey, with a second significant earthquake striking to disrupt rescue efforts after a 7.8-magnitude seismic event.

Harry Latham-Coyle6 February 2023 13:23


Football clubs and players tweet support for those affected by earthquake

At least 1,700 people are now reported to have died in this morning’s two major earthquakes in southern Turkey and northern Syria.

Liverpool are among the clubs to have tweeted support for the region’s people:

Harry Latham-Coyle6 February 2023 13:19

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