The recent earthquake along the Turkey-Syria border has become the deadliest in a decade as the death toll has now risen to more than 11,000. Not since the 2011 Japan earthquake which triggered a tsunami killing nearly 20,000 have so many perished. Rescuers from over two dozen countries are helping the tens of thousands of native emergency personnel to search for survivors and recover the dead. Syria, which has been torn by civil war, formally requested aid from the European Union as Syrian Prime Minister Hussein Arnous visited the city of Aleppo. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also was out visiting the affected areas and has promised financial support to affected families.