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Turkey hit by 6.4 magnitude earthquake two weeks after disaster

Two weeks after a huge earthquake in the region that left over 45,000 dead, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Turkey-Syria border.

According to Turkey’s AFAD disaster management organization, the earthquake occurred around the Hatay province town of Defne. This was hit by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake .

On Monday, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake followed.

Luftu Savas said that there are reports of people living in rubble following the latest earthquake.


Mr Savas stated that no power is available in Samandagi.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake occurred at 10 km (6.2 miles) depth at 8:04 PM local time (11.04 pm UK time).

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency stated that the earthquake was felt also in Syria, Jordan and Israel.

Two witnesses reported to Reuters that it further damaged buildings in central Antakya (capital of Hatay)

Image At a depth 10 km, the latest earthquake occurred.

Witnesses also claimed that Turkish rescue teams “ran around” following the earthquake to ensure that no one was hurt.

NTV Television reported that it caused some buildings to collapse but no immediate reports of casualties.

Muna Al Omar, a resident said that she was in a tent at a park in central Antakya during the earthquake.

She cried as she held her 7 year-old son in her arms, saying “I thought that the earth was going to break under my feet,”

“Is there going be another aftershock?” She asked.

After 12 days of being under rubble, three members from one family were rescued from a building that had collapsed.

Later, the boy died.

Several media outlets from Syria’s Idlib, Aleppo and Aleppo areas that were severely affected by Monday’s earthquake are reporting that buildings collapsed and that internet and electricity services have been disrupted in some parts of the area.

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Satellite images of devastation before and after show the difference

In the wake of a terrible disaster, anger grows about building standards

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After 12 days of living in rubble , couple was rescued

According to media outlets, many people have fled their homes and are gathering in open areas.

Turkish disaster management agency AFAD has increased the number of deaths from the earthquake in Turkey on 6 February to 41,156. More than a million people are now homeless.

Image: Hatay Province, part of the destruction. Pic: AP

Authorities have also recorded over 6,000 aftershocks.

Although rescue and search operations for survivors were halted in most of the quake area, AFAD chief Yunus sezer said that search teams were continuing to work in more than a dozen buildings that had collapsed – most of which are in Hatay, the most affected province.


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