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Earthquakes in Turkey

Monday, February 13, 2023

At the encouragement of our own Dr. Nese Kurt Yillmaz, we demonstrated support for Turkish scientists and their families after the 2023 earthquakes in Turkey.

To raise awareness of the disaster in Turkey, Dr. Nese Kurt Yilmaz requested the #ZakimBridge, #LongfellowBridge, Fore River bridge, and #burnsbridge be lit in red & white tonight (2/13). Thank you @MassDOT! Please share photos to support our Turkish community in Massachusetts.Check out this letter for donations to the Bridge to Turkey fund from the Turkish community of Massachusetts.Check in with your friends and colleagues with connections to Turkey. Offer to cover their experiments if they need. These were the worst earthquakes to hit Turkey in more than 100 years. Link from the letter:

Text from the letter:


Thousands of people have been killed and many more injured after a powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Türkiye early on February 6. The quake was one of the strongest to hit the region in more than 100 years with multiple strong aftershocks.

The death toll from two earthquakes that struck Turkiye on February 6, 2023, was one of the deadliest across the world in more than a decade with 34,000 people lost their lives. The earthquake affected a large area of over 10 populous cities with large populations totaling over 15 million people. Authorities fear that total number of deaths will climb further when all rescue & building removal efforts are completed.

By all counts, this is a major disaster and probably the most destructive within the last century of this region. Many will be in need of medical and mental health assistance, supplies, housing and rehabilitation for the next several years. We have students in our community whose families come from the region devastated by the earthquakes.

In a show of support and community, we would like to know if you could share donation opportunities for students and parents who are choosing action in the face of acute suffering and immeasurable loss. A heartfelt thank you for your support. Following charity is a 501(c)3 organization* and some companies/organizations are also providing dollar-to-dollar match for their employees.

Bridge to Turkey is partnering with local charities that are providing medical, housing, food and other assistance in the field. Bridge to Turkey

* This is a tax-exempt organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and your gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.

Thank you in advance for all donations and the solidarity.

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