Earthquake strikes Turkey-Syria border two weeks after devastating tremors

Breaking (Independent)
Breaking (Independent)

A earthquake of at least magnitude 6.4 has struck the Turkey-Syria border region, two weeks after deadly tremors devastated the area.

Turkey's disaster management agency, AFAD, said the magnitude 6.4-earthquake was centered around the town of Defne, in Hatay province.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 1.2 miles (2km) in Hatay province, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said, measuring it at 6.3 magnitude.

NTV television said the quake caused some damaged buildings to collapse, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties. Two Reuters witnesses reported a strong quake and further damage to buildings in central Antakya, the capital of Hatay province.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said the quake was felt in Syria, Jordan, Israel and Egypt.

Turkish authorities have recorded more than 6,000 aftershocks since the initial magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck on 6 Feb. It was followed by a second 7.5 magnitude tremor a few hours later. The earthquakes have killed nearly 45,000 people across both Turkey and Syria.

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