Another Powerful Earthquake Hits Turkey Hours After 7.8 Magnitude Quake Killed Over 900 People
The 7.5 magnitude earthquake occurred near Ekinözü, a town in Turkey's Kahramanmaraş province.
New Delhi: Another powerful earthquake hit Turkey on Monday (February 6, 2023), hours after a 7.8 magnitude quake killed over 900 people. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake measured 7.5 on the Richter scale and occurred near Ekinözü, a town in Turkey's Kahramanmaraş province at 3:54 pm (IST).
The epicenter of the earthquake was 4 kilometer south-southeast of Ekinözü, a town in Turkey's Kahramanmaraş province, and its depth was 10 kilometers.
Notable quake, preliminary info: M 7.5 - 4 km SSE of Ekinözü, Turkey https://t.co/vpJHyNTPMO — USGS Earthquakes (@USGS_Quakes) February 6, 2023
Earlier in the day, a magnitude 7.8 quake struck Nurdağı, a district in Turkey's Gaziantep province.
At least 20 aftershocks followed, some hours later during daylight, the strongest measuring 6.7.
Notable quake, preliminary info: M 6.7 - Central Turkey https://t.co/jmUQ9GqQHY — USGS Earthquakes (@USGS_Quakes) February 6, 2023
Notable quake, preliminary info: M 7.8 - 23 km E of Nurdağı, Turkey https://t.co/7FmwNH1CLG — USGS Earthquakes (@USGS_Quakes) February 6, 2023
So far, over 900 people have been killed after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked southeastern Turkey.
Hundreds are still believed to be trapped under rubble, and the toll was expected to rise as rescue workers searched mounds of wreckage in cities and towns across the area.
Around 900 buildings were destroyed in the disaster-stricken areas in Turkey's Gaziantep and Kahramanmaras provinces.
Turkey sits on top of major fault lines and is frequently shaken by earthquakes.
In 1999, some 18,000 people were killed in powerful earthquakes that hit northwest Turkey.