Turkey was shaken by an earthquake again, this time with a magnitude of 6.3. PHOTO/Reuters
ANKARA – Earthquake a magnitude 6.3 struck Turki south near the Syrian border on Monday (20/2/2023) evening local time. The earthquake reportedly triggered panic and further damage to buildings. The quake comes two weeks after the country’s worst earthquake in modern history which killed tens of thousands of people.
Two Reuters reporters said the shaking was strong and lasting. The quake damaged buildings and left dust in the night air in downtown Antakya, where it was centered. The earthquake was also felt in Egypt and Lebanon.
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The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said the quake occurred at a shallow depth of 2 km (1.2 miles). Police patrolled Antakya, while ambulances rushed to quake-hit areas near the city center.
Reuters saw Turkish rescue teams walking after the latest quake to check on residents, most of whom were living in makeshift tents after the quake two weeks ago.
Muna Al Omar, a resident, said he was in a tent in a park in central Antakya when the earthquake struck. “I thought the earth would split under my feet,” he said through tears. “Will there be any more aftershocks?” he asked.
Smaller tremors have rocked the region in the last two weeks. But Monday’s quake was the biggest since February 6.
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“The earthquake was very strong. It knocked us out of our places,” said Burhan Abdelrahman, who was walking out of his tent at a camp in the central city of Antakya when the quake struck. “I called relatives in Syria, Adana, Mersin, Izmir, anywhere, to check on them,” he continued.
Turkey’s disaster agency AFAD urged residents to stay away from the Mediterranean coast due to a possible 50-centimetre rise in water from the quake.
Videos posted on social media, which have not been verified by Reuters, show passengers at Antakya airport taking cover in panic as the earthquake shook the glass building.