Parts of Turkey and Syria that were devastated by a powerful earthquake that killed almost 45,000 people two weeks ago were rocked by a second 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Monday. No initial reports of fatalities were available, but officials stated that more buildings fell, trapping their residents, and several individuals were hurt in both nations.
The village of Defne, in the Hatay province of Turkey, was the epicenter of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck on February 6.
This area was one of the worst hit by that earthquake. A second magnitude 5.8 earthquake followed it, and it was felt as far out as Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Israel.
The new earthquake caused several buildings to collapse, trapping people inside, according to Hatay’s mayor Lutfu Savas.
According to what he said, those trapped might be folks who had either returned to their homes or attempted to carry stuff out of damaged dwellings.
There were no fatalities that were immediately reported. At least eight individuals were hospitalized in Turkey, according to Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay. SANA, Syria’s official news agency, said that falling debris in Aleppo caused six injuries.
Most of the almost 45,000 fatalities from the earthquake on February 6 were in Turkey. Turkish officials have subsequently reported more than 6,000 aftershocks.
Journalists for HaberTurk reported they were severely shaken by Monday’s earthquake and held on to each other to prevent collapsing.
According to eyewitness Alejandro Malaver, individuals in the Turkish city of Adana left their homes for the streets while bringing blankets into their automobiles.
Malaver claimed that “no one wants to enter back into their residences” and that “everyone is genuinely terrified.”
Several people were hurt in the northwest of the country, controlled by rebels, after they jumped from buildings or were hit by falling debris in the town of Jinderis, one of the areas most severely impacted by the earthquake on February 6.
The Syrian opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, provided this information.
According to the White Helmets, several damaged and abandoned buildings collapsed in northwest Syria.
A 7-year-old kid was among the patients treated by the Syrian American Medical Society, which maintains hospitals in northern Syria, for heart attacks brought on by panic after the recent earthquake.
Oktay announced that Hatay was undergoing damage surveys and encouraged residents to remain away from damaged structures and pay close attention to the instructions given by rescue crews.
Officials warned residents to avoid the beach because of the potential for increasing sea levels, but the warning was later revoked.
Before he visited Hatay on Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his administration would start building over 200,000 new homes in the area ravaged by the earthquake as early as next month.
The number of verified deaths from the earthquake in Turkey was increased to 41,156 on Monday by AFAD. This brings the total number of fatalities in both Turkey and Syria to 44,844.
Panic in Turkey as two new earthquakes hit the Turkey-Syria border.
A 6.4 magnitude tremor followed by a 5.8, again in the Hatay area in the south of Turkey around 30 minutes ago.pic.twitter.com/HWWSn5qwou
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