6.4 quake strikes southern Turkey again, destroying buildings

Published February 20th, 2023 - 05:14 GMT

ALBAWABA - A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey's southernmost Hatay province, an area hard-hit by the massive Feb. 6 earthquake, destroying buildings and sending frightened residents running for safety in the streets.

Social media users reported on various platforms that the earthquake struck in the early evening hours Monday, as people were settling in following a working day.

A video tweet showed dust rising from a building that flattened to the ground, as panicky people screamed in awe.

Social media posts said the tremor was felt in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. But there were no immediate reports of destruction or casualties.

Monday's earthquake comes two weeks after a devastating 7.8-magnitude tremor jolted northern Syria and southern Turkey, leaving more than 46,000 people killed, and thousands of others wounded.

Rescue workers and humanitarian agencies predicted that the death toll may likely be much higher, considering that many people remain missing and are feared to be buried under the debris of hundreds of collapsed buildings in both countries.

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