A new 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Hatay province on Monday, one of the most devastated by the Kahramanmaras earthquakes two weeks ago. The Kandilli Observatory of the University of the Bosphorus places the epicenter in the Samandag region —on the Mediterranean coast and 20 kilometers from the border with Syria— and at a depth of 7.7 kilometers, although the European Seismological Center of the Mediterranean assures that It was shallower, only 2 kilometers away. So far, no fatalities have been reported in this new tremor, which occurred at 8:04 p.m. local time (6:04 p.m. in mainland Spain) and was followed by strong aftershocks in the same area a few minutes later. On the other hand, several chains have confirmed that several buildings have been destroyed and that there are people trapped under the rubble.
When the earthquake was felt, scenes of panic ensued and crowds of people poured into the streets. The CNN-Türk chain reported that a large number of ambulances, rescue teams and military vehicles rushed to the center of Antioquia, where there was work to search for survivors of the previous earthquake, as well as to clear and demolish damaged buildings. In fact, the same chain showed a building that had leaned dangerously after this new tremor and warned that there are people trapped under the rubble.
“We have received notices and we are evaluating them,” explained the government delegate in Hatay province, Rahmi Dogan. AFAD, the Turkish government’s emergency management agency, also reported that it had received notices of collapsed buildings and explained that its teams are “ready” to act. He also warned of the risk of the sea level rising “up to 50 centimeters” and asked the population to stay away from the beach areas. A video was posted on social media showing soldiers carrying the wounded from a rubble area.
Several people who were in the area explained to this newspaper that the earthquake felt “very strong.” The journalist Mehmet Akif Ersoy, who at that time was preparing a live broadcast for the HaberTürk chain along with two other colleagues, explained that the tremor knocked down the cameras and that the three had to hold on to try to stay upright.
The movement was felt in Syria, Jordan, Israel and Egypt and in numerous provinces in southern Turkey, affected by the earthquakes of February 6 and where many buildings are damaged and awaiting demolition. Those 7.8 magnitude quakes killed nearly 45,000 people in Turkey and Syria.
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