Illustrative photo – Clearing the debris of a building in the Turkish city of Kahramanmaras that collapsed during an earthquake on February 17, 2023.
Ankara – Eastern Turkey was hit by a magnitude 5.2 earthquake around 10:00 CET today. This was reported by the European Seismological Center EMSC, whose first estimate was initially 5.5 degrees. The region, which was hit by two strong tremors on February 6, has since continued to experience thousands of aftershocks, which usually do not exceed magnitude five. Over 50,000 people died in Turkey and Syria due to the earthquake in early February. No damage has yet been reported from the site after today's tremor.
Photo gallery: Earthquake in Turkey and Syria
The Turkish authority AFAD assessed the strength of the earthquake at 5.6, Anadolu Agency reported.
Since the earthquake of After the magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes that ravaged southeastern Turkey and northern Syria on February 6, the region experienced several thousand additional aftershocks. However, usually their strength is moderate. A week ago, one of the tremors reached a magnitude of 6.3. Several people died and the earthquake caused further damage to property.
According to the latest figures, 44,370 people died in Turkey due to the earthquake in early February. In Syria, estimates speak of 6,000 dead.