21 Feb 2023

Turkey-Syria Earthquake: 6.4 Strong Quake Jolts Turkey-Syria Border Again; 3 Die In Turkey In New Quake; Many Buildings Collapse

Ankara: Earthquake tremors were felt once again in Turkey and Syria after 14 days at about 8 pm on Monday night. Its intensity on the Richter scale was 6.4. Its depth was 2 kilometers. 

Several buildings have collapsed in the northern Syrian cities of al-Bab and Harim, as new earthquakes hit the border region of Syria and Turkey on Monday.

Turkey's Disaster Management Authority (AFAD) reported two earthquakes of magnitude 6.4 and 5.8 that occurred three minutes apart in Turkey's Hatay province on Monday.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said three people had died after the quake and 213 others were hospitalized. The governor of Hatay province said many people were buried under the rubble of houses.

According to the report, many people have been injured in the new earthquakes.

Aftershocks would be felt for a year

More than 6,000 aftershocks have been recorded since the 7.8-magnitude hit Turkey and Syria, leaving millions homeless. Officials said after the February 6 quake that aftershocks would be felt for a year because of the force of the first tremor.

The intensity of the aftershocks that followed was 3.4 to 5.8. There have been 11 earthquakes in 68 hours in the Turkey-Syria border area.

Tremors felt in Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus

The tremors of Monday's earthquake were also felt in Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus. According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center, further aftershocks may have to be faced.

Witnesses said Turkish rescue teams were running around after the latest quake, checking people were unharmed. Some buildings that were damaged in the deadly twin quakes two weeks ago collapsed in the tremor.

The death toll in Turkey and Syria due to three major earthquakes on 6th February has crossed 47 thousand. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 26 million people in both the countries need help. For the first time in the last 75 years, WHO is conducting a rescue operation on such a large scale.

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