Another Earthquake Hits Turkey – People Trapped Under Debris

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Highlights:

  • Another 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits turkey on Monday
  • Tremors felt in Syria as well
  • Falling debris from previous quakes traps people 
  • Rescue operations underway

On Monday, 20th Feb,  2 earth quacks, magnitude 6.4 and 5.8, hit Turkey.

Tremors struck the southeast region of Turkey near the border with Syria, where the previous quakes devastated both countries on 6 February.

Turkey’s disaster and emergency agency stated that the 6.4 magnitude tremors occurred at 20:04 local time (17:04 GMT), followed by the 2nd, 5.8 quake 3 minutes later.

The earlier quakes killed 44,000 people in Turkey and Syria, and the weakened buildings collapsed by the tremors on Monday.

Three deaths were reported in Turkey by the earthquake on Monday. The deaths occurred in Antakya, Defne, and Samandag, the Interior Minister, Süleyman Soylu, said. 

Turkey’s interior minister, Süleyman Soylu, stated that at least 213 were wounded by the latest quakes. 

Syria’s state news agency, SANA, released a statement that 6 people were injured in Aleppo by falling debris. The mayor of Hatay reported that many buildings had collapsed and had trapped people inside.

Rescue operations are underway in both regions, and it’s a test of time for how fast people can be rescued from tons of fallen debris.

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