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A new earthquake of magnitude 6.4 shakes the southeast of Turkey

A new earthquake of magnitude 6.4 has shaken the province on Monday turkish of hataione of the most affected by the earthquakes on February 6 that left at least 41,000 dead.

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The tremor, with its epicenter south of the city of Antioch, occurred at 17:04 GMT, according to data from the Kandilli observatory in Istanbul, and was also felt in neighboring countries.

No data is yet available on possible new damage or casualties, but numerous reporters present in Antioquia reported that the tremor caused panic among the survivors staying in tents.

At least one already half-collapsed building collapsed entirely and debris from others damaged parked cars, NTV reports.

Ahmet Ovgun Ercana prestigious geophysicist from the Istanbul Technical University, assured the HalkTV station that this earthquake, which he estimated to last 17 seconds, is a normal phenomenon and anticipated that some already damaged buildings will have collapsed.

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Since the earthquake on the 6th, none of the buildings in Antioquia are still habitable, but there are debris removal work teams that may have been trapped by a collapse.

In addition, many survivors are in the habit of gathering around campfires in front of collapsed buildings to help identify bodies, and may be at risk if a neighboring surviving building collapses.

“It was terrible, broken windows fell on us. Everyone has left the shops in a panic. With the darkness it is not yet possible to see what has happened”Ugur Sahin, a reporter for the BirGün newspaper, told EFE by phone.

The AFAD national emergency center, which locates the epicenter of the earthquake in the Defne neighborhood in Antioquia itself, speaks of a second aftershock of magnitude 5.8 with its epicenter in Samandag.

Source: Elcomercio

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