Turkey hit by another large earthquake

By Linsey McNeill
21/02/2023
Home » Turkey hit by another large earthquake

A 6.4 magnitude struck Turkey on its border with Syria last night, in the same region as a massive earthquake two weeks earlier, which has so far claimed more than 44,000 lives.

At least six people are known to have died and almost 300 were injured in the latest tremor.

Turkey’s disaster and emergency agency Afad said the tremor occurred at 20.04 local time (17.04 GMT) on Monday. It was followed minutes later by a powerful 5.8 aftershock.

Turkish authorities have recorded more than 6,000 aftershocks since an initial massive earthquake struck southern Turkey on 6 February, but Monday’s tremor was much stronger than previous ones, causing more buildings to collapse in Antakya.

Witnesses said it was also felt as far away as Egypt and Lebanon.

In a tweet, Afad urged people to stay away from coastlines in case of rising sea levels, but the risk of a tsunami has now been rescinded.

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