At least 6 killed, 294 hurt after fresh quake hits southern Türkiye

Türkiye
Tue, 21 Feb 2023 9:17 GMT
Search and rescue efforts underway at three sites after quake jolt southern Hatay province, says Interior Minister Soylu.
At least 6 killed, 294 hurt after fresh quake hits southern Türkiye

Search and rescue efforts underway at three sites after quake jolt southern Hatay province, says Interior Minister Soylu

At least six people were killed and 294 others wounded after another earthquake jolted Türkiye’s southern Hatay province on Monday evening, the country’s interior minister said.

“Three of our citizens lost their lives; one in the Antakya district, one in the district of Defne, and one in the Samandag district,” Suleyman Soylu said at a news briefing.

Search and rescue efforts are underway at three sites, he added.

At least 32 aftershocks have been recorded so far, according to the Turkish disaster management agency AFAD.

AFAD said the magnitude 6.4 earthquake took place at around 8.04 p.m. local time (1704GMT) in Hatay’s Defne district.

It was followed by a magnitude 5.8 aftershock three minutes later, with the epicenter in Hatay’s Samandag district.

The tremors come just two weeks after the magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 quakes centered in Kahramanmaras.

The deadly quakes struck 10 other provinces – Hatay, Gaziantep, Malatya, Sanliurfa, Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Osmaniye, and Elazig.

More than 13 million people have been affected by the disaster, with the death toll now above 41,156, according to the latest official figures.​​​​

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