Human Interest More Than 2,300 People Dead After 2 Massive Earthquakes Hit Turkey and Syria "I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation," President Joe Biden said in a social media statement Monday morning By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Nicholas Rice is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE Magazine. He began working with the brand as an Editorial Intern in early 2020, before later transitioning to a freelance role, and then staff positions soon after. Nicholas writes and edits anywhere between 7 to 9 stories per day on average for PEOPLE, spanning across each vertical the brand covers. Nicholas has previous work experience with Billboard, POPSUGAR, Bustle and Elite Daily. When not working, Nicholas can be found playing with his 5 dogs, listening to pop music or eating mozzarella sticks. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 6, 2023 09:29 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Thousands of people were killed and thousands more injured after two huge earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria on Monday. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said that a powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey's central southern Gaziantep province at a depth of 11 miles early Monday morning. The earthquake was one of the strongest to hit the region in more than 100 years, CNN reported. It was then followed 11 minutes later by a magnitude 6.7 aftershock, per the USGS, and numerous aftershocks, NBC News said. Approximately nine hours later, another 7.5-magnitude quake hit about 100 miles north of Gaziantep at a depth of 6 miles, according to the USGS. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. RAMI AL SAYED/AFP via Getty At Least 62 Killed and Hundreds Injured as 5.6-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia As of Monday morning, the death toll from the earthquakes has risen to at least 2,300, according to the Associated Press. Ismail Sen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Turkey's emergency AFAD disaster agency reported 1,498 people were killed and 7,600 injured in the natural disaster, with 2,818 buildings collapsed as of Monday morning, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, in Syria, the country's health ministry said that more than 430 people had also been killed and 1,280 injured, per the outlet. Hasan Huseyin Kul/Anadolu Agency via Getty CNN reported that Azerbaijan is planning to send a search and rescue team and aid material to Turkey, while the Netherlands said it will send search and rescue equipment. German technical aid agency THW is also preparing to send help to the affected areas, the outlet said. In a statement reacting to the earthquakes on Twitter, President Joe Biden wrote (using the country's preferred spelling of its name), "I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused by the earthquake in Turkiye and Syria." "I have directed my team to continue to closely monitor the situation in coordination with Turkiye and provide any and all needed assistance," he added.