Cost of devastating Turkey earthquakes expected to top $1bn

Timing, low building quality and aftershocks combine to amplify fatalities and costs

Powerful earthquakes in Turkey, near the border with Syria, are likely to cause over $1bn in economic damages and the death toll could rise to tens of thousands, according to early expert analysis.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said there is a 78% chance that the main shock will exceed economic...

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