Turkey-Syria Earthquake 2023 Updates

By: Joseph Lee on February 13th, 2023

On Monday, February 6, 2023 in Kahramanmaras, Turkey – a devastating series of earthquakes rocked a 500 kilometer (310 mi) section of central Turkey to northern Syria. As of February 13, the death toll has reached 35,000 individuals. Hospitals in Turkey are filled with 80,000 people and over 1 million are housed in temporary shelters.


Devastating Earthquakes in Turkey – Over 2,000 Aftershocks Followed 

In terms of magnitude and destruction, this earthquake is the strongest in Turkey since the 1939 Erzincan earthquake and the 1668 North Anatolia earthquake. Syria has never seen such a destructive and powerful earthquake in two centuries, since the 1822 Aleppo earthquake. 

  • 01:17 UTC – Magnitude 7.8 extreme (XI) earthquake hits near Gaziantep 
  • 10:24 UTC – Magnitude 7.7 extreme (X) earthquake hits the Kahramanmaraş Province (95 km from first earthquake) 
  • Major cities impacted: Adana, İskenderun, Osmaniye, Gaziantep, Kahramanmaraş, Şanlıurfa, Adıyaman, Malatya, Nizip, and Siverek. The fatal area of impact spans 500 kilometers from Elazığ, Türkiye to Aleppo, Syria. 
Turkey and Syria Earthquake 2023. A devastating magnitude 7.8 ea

Global Economic Impact from the Turkey Earthquake 

As efforts are under way to locate and rescue survivors underneath the rubble during the middle of a bitterly cold winter in Turkey, the world is bracing for the impending impact to Turkey and Syria’s economy. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has estimated that the economic loss can reach $100 billion USD. 


Major Developments in Turkey’s Economy:

  • The Port of Iskenderun was closed until Saturday and A.P. Moller – Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, had completely halted all operations in the Iskenderun after toppled containers sparked explosions and a massive fire 
  • Nearby shipping hubs, Port of Mersin and Port Said, may be used to divert shipments by Maersk 
  • After a 3-day sell off, Turkey’s stock exchange, Borsa Istanbul, suspended trading after taking a loss of 16% of its value from Friday’s close 


Impact to Manufacturing and Semiconductors 

Semiconductor suppliers in Turkey may be impacted, as shipping port disruptions happened in Iskenderun and Mersin. SiliconExpert has compiled a list of potentially affected electronics and semiconductor suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors.


Potentially Impacted Businesses:

Company NameIndustryLocation
Dialog Semiconductor ASSemiconductor ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey
ARMGE Teknoloji ArGeElectronic Parts Supplierİstanbul, Turkey
Trec ElektronikSemiconductor Supplierİzmir, Turkey
Future ElectronicsDistributorIstanbul, Turkey
Özdisan ElektronikElectronic Parts SupplierIstanbul, Turkey
Empa ElektronikDistributorIstanbul, Turkey
Semtech ElektronikSemiconductor SupplierIstanbul, Turkey
AB Mikro NanoDefense and Nanotech ManufacturerAnkara, Turkey
Angst+Pfister GroupElectronic Manufacturer and SupplierBursa, Turkey
Analytik JenaTesting Equipment DistributorTurkey
AmetekElectronic ManufacturerTurkey
Metrohm AGManufacturer of Chemical Analysis toolsSarıyer, Turkey
ENVEADistributorAnkara, Turkey
OME ElectronicsElectronic ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey
Volrad ElektronikPower Electronics ManufacturerAnkara, Turkey
EEC ElectronicsElectronics ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey
 ABBElectronics ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey
Armacell InternationalElectronics ManufacturerBursa, Turkey
Anka Microelectronic Systems (ANKASYS)Design and VerificationIstanbul, Turkey
 BorgWarner IncPowertrain Solutionsİzmir, Turkey
Essentra ComponentsElectronic Manufacturer and DistributorIstanbul, Turkey
Freudenberg Sealing TechnologiesElectronic SupplierBursa, Turkey
Habasit AGPower Transmission ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey
TE ConnectivityElectronic ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey
LegrandElectronic ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey
OZ Optics LtdElectronic Manufacturerİzmir, Turkey
PIC GmbHElectronic ManufacturerKocaeli, Turkey
Signode IncorporatedSteel and Plastic Manufacturer and Distributorİzmir, Turkey
WEG CorporationElectronic ManufacturerKocaeli, Turkey
ZF FriedrichshafenElectronic Manufacturerİzmir, Turkey
Schneider ElectricElectronic ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey
SiemensElectronic ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey
OnsemiElectronic ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey
Texas InstrumentsElectronic ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey
VishayElectronic ManufacturerIstanbul, Turkey

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