Turkey earthquake: Deadly new tremor traps people under rubbleon February 21, 2023 at 8:09 am

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

At least six people die in new tremors, weeks after massive quakes devastated the same region.

This video can not be played

To play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.

Rescuers are once again searching for people trapped under rubble in Turkey after two new earthquakes hit the country, killing at least three people.

Tremors of 6.4 and 5.8 magnitude struck in the south-east near the border with Syria, where massive quakes devastated both countries on 6 February.

The earlier quakes killed 44,000 people in Turkey and Syria with tens of thousands more left homeless.

Buildings weakened by those tremors collapsed in both countries on Monday.

Turkey’s disaster and emergency agency says the 6.4 tremor occurred at 20:04 local time (17:04 GMT), followed by the 5.8 quake three minutes later.

The three deaths occurred in Antakya, Defne, and Samandag, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said, urging people not to enter potentially dangerous buildings.

Mr Soylu said 213 people had also been injured.

Reports from the city of Antakya spoke of fear and panic in the streets as ambulances and rescue crews tried to reach the worst affected areas where the walls of badly damaged buildings had collapsed.

“I thought the earth was going to split open under my feet,” local resident Muna al-Omar told Reuters news agency, crying as she held her seven-year-old son. She had been in a tent in a park in the city centre when the new earthquakes hit.

Ali Mazlum, 18, told AFP news agency he had been looking for the bodies of family members from the previous earthquakes when the latest tremors hit.

“You don’t know what to do… we grabbed each other and right in front of us, the walls started to fall,” he said.

In Syria, some 470 injured people are said to have visited hospitals after Monday’s quakes, which were also reportedly felt in Egypt and Lebanon.

Rescue workers walking through a collapsed building at night.

Image source, EPA

People react after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit in Antakya, southern Turkey, on Monday

Image source, Reuters

Banner saying 'Get in touch'

Are you in the area? If it is safe to do so email us at haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also get in touch in the following ways:

If you are reading this page and can’t see the form you will need to visit the mobile version of the BBC website to submit your question or comment or you can email us at HaveYourSay@bbc.co.uk. Please include your name, age and location with any submission.

- Advertisement -




Rag ‘n’ Bone Man talks about his struggles with fameon May 7, 2021 at 12:07 am

Singer-songwriter Rag 'n' Bone Man says he wanted his friends to rescue him from red carpets.Singer-songwriter Rag 'n' Bone Man says he wanted his...

Covid-19: ‘Very few’ Covid hospital patients had two jabs, NHS boss sayson May 30, 2021 at 7:06 am

NHS boss Chris Hopson adds it's "incredibly striking" how busy hospitals are with non-Covid patients.NHS boss Chris Hopson adds it's "incredibly striking" how busy...

Federer & Djokovic ease into quarter-finals in front of bigger crowds on Centre Courton July 5, 2021 at 7:59 pm

Eight-time champion Roger Federer follows top seed Novak Djokovic into the Wimbledon quarter-finals as both ease through their last-16 matches.Venue: All England Club Dates:...

Superbug fight ‘needs farmers to reduce antibiotic use’on November 22, 2022 at 1:16 am

Campaigners say they have found superbugs in rivers and waterways near farms and in livestock waste.Campaigners say they have found superbugs in rivers and...

Commonwealth Games: Jack Laugher scrapes through to 3m springboard finalon August 6, 2022 at 11:31 am

Jack Laugher blames nerves for his off-par performance in the 3m springboard preliminary as he scrapes through to the final.Jack Laugher blames nerves for...