Watch Video: Second Earthquake Hits Turkey Caught On Live Broadcast, A journalist Abandoned His Broadcast To Rescue A Little Girl
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A journalist abandoned his live broadcast while reporting on the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey so he could carry a little girl to safety.
Yuksel Akalan, a journalist from the Turkish media outlet A News, was reporting on Monday on rescue efforts in the aftermath of the first earthquake. Akalan was filming with his cameraman on a street in Malatya, Turkey, per CBS News.
But Akalan’s broadcast was cut short when he was caught in the middle of a second strong earthquake, a video published by The Telegraph and Reuters showed. In the video, Akalan is seen running while the ground shakes. Sirens can be heard blaring in the background and structures can be heard crashing to the ground.
According to The Telegraph, Akalan said in the video: “As we were heading to the rubble to film search and rescue efforts, there were two consecutive aftershocks with a loud noise and the building you are seeing on my left was brought down to earth.”
The video then cuts to the journalist running towards a young girl in distress, lifting her up and carrying her out into the open street.
After setting the crying girl down, Akalan is seen comforting her and telling her to remain calm, per The Telegraph’s subtitles. He then resumed his broadcast.
The death toll from the quakes has exceeded 4,300 and is expected to rise, CNN reported.
Yuksel Akalan was on the scene of the earthquake in Turkey when a shockwave struck, covering people and the street in dust. The reporter is seen evacuating the area and assisting a young girl https://t.co/hQPpWpvuFp pic.twitter.com/ORFj2Qiuub
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