New earthquakes hit Turkey-Syria border, killing 6

2023-02-21 22:26:52
New earthquakes hit Turkey-Syria border, killing 6

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Turkey-Syria border region, killing at least six people, two weeks after the area was devastated by quakes that killed more than 47,000 people in both countries.

Monday’s quake hit the city of Defne in Hatay province at 8:04pm (17:04 GMT) and was strongly felt in the provincial capital, Antakya, as well as Adana province, 200km (300 miles) to the north. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said a magnitude 5.8 quake followed three minutes later.

On Tuesday, AFAD chief Yunus Sezer raised the death toll in Turkey from three to six, and said that 294 people were wounded.

Monday’s tremors were felt in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Egypt, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.

Syria’s state news agency, SANA, reported six people were injured in Aleppo from falling debris, while the mayor of Hatay said several buildings had collapsed, trapping people inside.

AFAD initially urged people in Hatay province, to the east of the Mediterranean Sea, to stay away from the coast, warning that the earthquakes might cause the sea level to rise by 50cm (20 inches).

Al Jazeera


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