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5 things to know for February 9: Earthquake, Covid, Ukraine, Spy balloon, Southwest – CNN

February 9, 2023

(CNN ) —  The safest seat on an airplane is also the one nobody wants: in the middle and at the back. Although data shows middle rear seats will protect you the most in an emergency, aviation experts say your seat selection really doesn’t matter because air travel is the safest mode of transport and accidents are exceedingly rare.

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1. Earthquake

The death toll from the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria on Monday is now more than 17,000 and tens of thousands have been injured, according to authorities. Crews are still sifting through the rubble as thousands of workers, volunteers and companies attempt to deliver much-needed aid to the region. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan admitted to his government’s “shortcomings” amid growing anger over the state’s preparedness and course of action. But Erdogan also angrily pushed back against “some dishonest people” for “falsely slandering” his government’s quake response, saying the moment called for unity. Amid the discontent, access to Twitter was briefly restricted in Turkey on Wednesday.

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