Illustration photo – Clearing the rubble of a building that collapsed during an earthquake in the Turkish city of Kahramanmaras 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. According to Reuters, one person died and another 69 were injured. 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 at the beginning of February.
Photo gallery: Earthquake in Turkey and Syria
Today's earthquake hit the province of Malatya, which was also affected by the tremors on February 6. Rescue teams are working in at least five locations. According to Mehmet Ç?nar, the mayor of the local town of Yeşilyurt, a father and son are found under the ruins of a house. According to the authorities, at least two dozen buildings collapsed in the city.
Turkey's AFAD agency assessed the magnitude of the earthquake at 5.6, Anadolu Agency reported.
Since the 7.7 and 7. .6 degrees 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.