Southeast Turkey was hit by another earthquake on Monday. Local authorities say at least one person has died. 69 people were injured.
The epicenter was located near the city of Malatya, where several buildings collapsed. This area was already hit by two very strong earthquakes on February 6th. As a result, more than 50,000 people died in Turkey and Syria.
Monday’s quake was much less powerful than it was three weeks ago, but the exact strength is unclear. According to the European Seismological Center (EMSC), the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter scale. Turkey’s disaster relief agency AFAD reported an intensity of 5.6.
The disaster and emergency management chief said search and rescue teams are on their way to the affected area. They will go to work around five collapsed buildings to search for survivors. According to local media, at least two people were trapped under the rubble.
Since the powerful earthquakes of February 6, there have been thousands of aftershocks in Turkey. It was feeling heavier a week ago at a strength of 6.4. At least 184 people have been arrested. They are said to be partly responsible for the poor condition of buildings in the area, which led to many collapses after the earthquake.
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