Turkey hit by two more powerful earthquakes two weeks after the disaster

 Earthquakes of magnitude 6.4 and 5.8 hit the southern province of Hatay, posing a potential of additional devastation.

Affected people in Turkey

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Two earthquakes, one measuring 6.4 and the other 5.8, have recently struck Hatay in southern Turkey, alarming residents who remain in the area that was ravaged by twin earthquakes two weeks ago.

Less devastating than the 7.8 and 7.5-magnitude earthquakes that wreaked havoc in southern Turkey and northern Syria on February 6, the most recent quakes threaten to cause even more destruction in a region where many people have fled their destroyed homes for the safety of other towns and villages outside the quake zone.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the greater earthquake was just 2 km (1.2 miles) deep, which could have increased its impact on the ground. Its epicenter was close to the southern Turkish city of Antakya, and it was felt in Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt.

According to Turkey’s disaster management organization AFAD, the stronger quake’s epicentre occurred beneath the Defne district of Hatay, in a location where many people have complained about the government’s lackluster response to the earlier earthquakes.
Ata Koşar, who lost his brother, sister-in-law, and nephew when a nearby luxury apartment building collapsed during the earthquakes two weeks ago, said: “I was using our heater to try to stay warm, showing people what to do in case another earthquake happened. It was the first day we’d decided to stay in our house because it’s only one floor.
As I was still lying on the ground, there came another earthquake. We heard what appeared to be other buildings collapsing.
Hatay’s mayor, Lütfü Savaş, instantly expressed concern that the recent earthquakes had brought about additional damage throughout the province and might have resulted in additional human casualties in a region already struggling with some of Turkey’s greatest disasters. He stated that “several buildings were destroyed” and “some people are trapped under the rubble.”

At least eight people were hurt, according to Turkey’s vice president Fuat Oktay, while a sizable government hospital in the northern Hatay province city of Skenderun announced it was evacuating patients.

Antakya resident Muna al-Omar claimed to have been in a tent in a park when the 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck. “I feared that the ground would give way under my feet.”
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Some who stayed in Hatay for two weeks after the initial quakes claimed that they did so out of a sense of helplessness or a fear of completely losing their homes.
According to AFAD, the death toll in Turkey from the quakes two weeks ago increased to 41,156 on Monday and was projected to rise further given that 385,000 apartments were either completely demolished or severely damaged, and numerous others are still unaccounted for. In Turkey and Syria, it is estimated that at least 47,000 people died.
The construction of roughly 200,000 dwellings in 11 earthquake-stricken counties of Turkey will start next month, according to Recep Tayyip Erdoan, the president of Turkey.
When rescue efforts and aftershocks came to an end and attention switched to immediate shelter and repair work, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had earlier pledged that Washington will assist “for as long as it takes” during a visit to Turkey.
Blinken committed an additional £83 million in help to Turkey and Syria on top of the initial £71 million pledged by Joe Biden when he and his Turkish colleague, Mevlüt avuşolu, observed the destruction in Hatay province on Sunday.
In an attempt to express what he had seen, Blinken remarked, “It’s hard to put into words.” “Numerous damaged or completely destroyed buildings, neighborhoods, and streets.”
Local search and rescue teams and the Syrian Civil Defence, commonly known as the White Helmets, said that the most recent earthquakes had caused building damage in a number of cities and towns in rebel-held areas of Syria.

They claimed that in addition to jumping from high places out of dread for the damage, people had also been hurt by falling objects, stampedes, and other incidents.
According to the UN organization for sexual and reproductive health (UNFPA), there are roughly 356,000 pregnant survivors of the earthquakes who urgently require access to health care.

These include 130,000 women in Syria and 226,000 women in Turkey, with roughly 38,800 of them due to give birth in the coming month. Many of them are battling for access to food and clean water while living in camps or outside in the bitter cold.
The majority of casualties in Syria, a country already wrecked by more than a decade of civil war, have occurred in the north-west, according to the UN, where 4,525 people were murdered. Aid operations are complicated by the fact that insurgents who are at war with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad dominate the region.
Despite worries that the actual toll was probably far higher before the second earthquakes struck, Syrian officials believe 1,414 people died in areas under the authority of Assad’s administration.
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