Simple Flying - Riley Pickett

Three airports have been closed down due to sustained damages and the threat of risks following the earthquakes.

In the early hours of Monday, February 6th, millions of Turkish and Syrian residents felt the effect of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Later in the day, a second earthquake rocked the area, measuring a magnitude of 7.5. At the time of writing, over 1,300 people are estimated to have passed away from the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

Several major airports across the region have also taken damage leading to their closures. Only one major airport in the region remains open, and it is only open for aircraft carrying relief supplies or airlifting people out.

The first airport closure is Turkey's Adana Sakirpasa Airport (ADA). This airport in the southern Turkish province of Adana has likely sustained some damage to its terminal, like other buildings in the area. However, amid the chaos, no reports have been released describing damage to the airport.

In the nearby Hatay Province, Hatay Airport (HTY) has been closed due to a damaged runway. The southern Turkish airport took substantial damage as a large crack formed in the middle of its runway, causing the asphalt to jet upwards like a small mountain range.

Another airport closure is that of the nearby Gaziantep Oğuzeli International Airport (GZT). GZT has only suffered minor damage, with no damage sustained to the runway. 

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