Two weeks after a deadly earthquake that left tens of thousands dead in both countries, a magnitude 6.4 aftershock that hit Türkiye’s southern border with Syria on Monday killed at least three people and injured hundreds more, according to Turkish and Syrian officials.
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According to Türkiye ‘s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), the earthquake occurred in the southern province of Hatay, which is close to the Syrian border.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu stated on Monday that the epicenter of the earthquake was in the Defne district and that there have since been 26 aftershocks.
Turkish officials said that the Monday aftershocks resulted in at least three fatalities and 294 injuries.
A second quake of magnitude 5.8 shook the region several minutes later, Türkiye’s disaster management agency said. It was centered in Hatay’s Samandag district.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said the tremors were felt in Syria, Jordan, and Egypt.
The White Helmets volunteer rescue organization reported that more than 130 people were hurt during the Monday earthquake in northwest Syria, which also resulted in the collapse of many additional buildings.
The Syrian American Medical Society, which runs hospitals in northern Syria, said it treated a number of patients, including several who suffered heart attacks brought on by fear.
On February 6, earthquakes with magnitudes 7.8 and 7.6 shook southeast Türkiye and neighboring Syria, killing more than 47,000 people and displacing one million. The calamity is anticipated to have an economic cost of more than $4 billion.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said construction on nearly 200,000 apartments in 11 earthquake-hit provinces would begin next month.