A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Turkey’s southern Hatay province late Monday evening, a Turkey-Syria border region on Monday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said the quake was felt in Syria, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre reported that it reached two kilometers (1.2 miles) below the surface, potentially amplifying its damage at ground level. Although the effects of the earthquake were not immediately evident, there were indications of significant building damage.
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The tremors were also felt in Lebanon as people in the country took to the streets fearing that buildings are going to collapse on them. Some of the videos have been uploaded on social media. Opoyi cannot independently verify the authenticity of these videos.
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The earthquake was also felt in Lebanon, residents took to the streets fearing the collapse of buildings. pic.twitter.com/SSxXAWUZUa
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The earthquake comes just weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Turkey with its epicenter in the southeastern Kahramanmaras province on February 6. It was followed by over 40 aftershocks. It buried thousands of people across Turkey and Syria under the rubble of flattened buildings in Turkey and neighboring Syria.
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Rescue missions are still on in Turkey as concerns are growing over the possible spread of infection in the areas. According to Italian seismologist Professor Carlo Doglioni, Turkey, has slipped by five to six meters after the horizontal sliding of the two plates, compared to Syria.
Given that they destroyed both new and historic structures, including hospitals, mosques, churches, and schools, the earthquakes exposed the vulnerability of Turkey’s infrastructure, according to analysts.
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President Tayyip Erdogan promised to restore the southern disaster zone within a year after Turkey experienced its greatest earthquake in modern history, a project that conservative estimates put at $25 billion but some anticipate to be much more.