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According to the national disaster relief agency, a new deadly earthquake struck Turkey around midday on Monday. According to preliminary reports, one person was killed and 69 others were injured in Malatya’s eastern province.
According to the Turkish disaster and emergency management agency AFAD, the tremor measured 5.6 magnitude and had its epicenter in the Yesilyurt district. According to the rescue agency, the quake originated at a depth of approximately seven kilometers and could be felt in neighboring provinces.
According to preliminary reports, over 20 buildings have been destroyed in this latest disaster to strike Turkey. Footage circulating online purports to show some of the structures collapsing.
Twenty people, including those rescued from the rubble, were killed.
Malatya was one of the Turkish provinces hardest hit by the twin earthquakes on February 6, which claimed over 50,000 lives in Turkey and Syria and caused massive damage in both countries. The initial disaster weakened many buildings, increasing the risk of collapse in subsequent tremors.
Hundreds of aftershocks followed the initial strike in the weeks that followed, some of which were lethal in their own right. Several people were killed and hundreds were injured last Monday evening after the already devastated Hatay province was hit.
Turkey is located in an area with several fault lines, making the country vulnerable to earthquakes. Following this month’s disaster, scientists warned that the risk of a quake was increasing.