More than 20,000 people were killed and tens of thousands injured and left homeless in Turkey and Syria after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit early Monday. The destructive quake, which was followed by more than 100 aftershocks, including one of magnitude 7.5 on Monday, caused profound damage in southern Turkey and war-ravaged northern Syria.
The number of dead and injured is expected to rise even as rescue workers make their final push searching through rubble of collapsed buildings, racing against time and cold. Search teams from nearly 30 countries and aid pledges are pouring in, but rescuers are racing against time to pull survivors from the debris before they succumb to cold weather.
Amid great tragedy, a small miracle appeared — in Jinderis, Syria, residents found a crying newborn still connected by the umbilical cord to her mother, who was dead. The baby was the only surviving member of her family.
Silvia Razgova is a photo editor at the Los Angeles Times focused on news and long-form stories. She joined The Times in 2022 after previously working for the newspaper and other publications as a freelance photographer. Born in Slovakia, she immigrated to the United States in 2000 and continued her education, receiving a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Marc Martin is a deputy photo editor at the Los Angeles Times. He joined The Times in 2000 as a photo assignment editor in Orange County after four years as the director of photography at Times Community News. Martin, a former Times intern, holds a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Cal State Long Beach.