World and church leaders respond to earthquake in Türkiye and Syria

A map depicting the magnitude of the waves of the earthquake on Feb 6. Photo credit: & Katia Brown

On Monday at 4:17 a.m. (local time), a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Türkiye and Syria. The earthquake and its aftershocks are responsible for more than 2,300 deaths.

In an official statement from the White House, President Joe Biden expressed sorrow at destruction caused by the earthquake and offered assistance.

“Today, our hearts and our deepest condolences are with all those who have lost precious loved ones, those who are injured, and those who saw their homes and businesses destroyed,” the official White House press release said.

Many other world leaders have responded to the event offering aid and support.

The Europe Central Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement in response to the earthquake.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of many lives as a result of the earthquakes that hit Türkiye and Syria,” the statement said. “We express our love and support to the people of those countries as they deal with this terrible tragedy.

“Our prayers, and the prayers of Latter-day Saints across Europe, are with them as they begin to recover from this disaster. The Church is currently reaching out to other relief organizations, both globally and in-country, to offer assistance.”

The Europe Central Area Presidency includes Massimo De Feo, Erich W. Kopischke and Rubén V. Alliaud.

More information on the earthquake can be found at