A catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria early on Monday, leaving behind a trail of destruction and debris. However, among others, the crypto sector has stepped up to offer them support, including Binance, the world’s leading crypto exchange.
The quake, one of the strongest to hit the region in a century, claimed over 4,300 lives and injured thousands more. As the affected communities and governments struggled to cope with the aftermath, the cryptocurrency community also offered support.
Multiple exchanges, including leading crypto exchange, Bitfinex, Bybit, and BitMEX, have pledged to offer aid packages to help those affected by the earthquake. Gate.io has stated that it has started preparing aid packages and will deliver them in coordination with the authorities.
Binance, Bitfinex & Others Supporting Victims
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao took to Twitter to express his sadness and support for the victims, saying that the Binance team is working on a solution to help.
In a tweet from Binance Turkey, the company expressed sympathy for the families of the deceased and hoped for a quick recovery for those who were injured.
According to Binance Turkey’s tweet translation:
May God have mercy on our citizens who lost their lives in the earthquake that took place in Kahramanmaraş and the surrounding provinces; Our condolences to their families and our nation, and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured.
Bitfinex has committed to developing an aid package for earthquake victims, and Bybit has announced that aid is being sent to the impacted area.
Meanwhile, BitMEX has pledged to give the proceeds from its current trading competition to the Red Crescent and urged others who are able to make a donation to do so.
Turkey led the MENA region as the largest cryptocurrency market and recorded the highest year-over-year growth in crypto transactions among all regions in 2022.
It was ranked 12th globally in terms of crypto adoption, with a 10.5% YoY growth in crypto transaction volume, according to Chainanalysis’s 2022 Global Crypto Adoption Index.
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