On Monday, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey, just two weeks after a 7.8 quake caused widespread destruction there.
At least three people died and hundreds more were hurt in the quake on Monday. It was centered in the town of Defne, but people in Egypt could feel it.
AFAD, Turkey’s emergency management authority, said that search and rescue operations were going on again to find people trapped under buildings that had fallen.
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The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey on February 6 and killed at least 45,000 people was still hurting the country.
Ali Mazlum, an 18-year-old resident of Antakya, told Agence France-Presse that he was with AFAD looking for the bodies of his family members from the previous quake when Monday’s tremors started. Mazlum said to the news source –
“You don’t know what to do.”
“We grabbed each other and right in front of us, the walls started to fall. It felt like the earth was opening up to swallow us up.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier on Monday that about 1.6 million people are living in temporary shelters and that construction on nearly 200,000 new homes will start next month.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken went to Turkey to look at the damage and promised $100 million in help. Blinken said Sunday at a joint U.S.-Turkish facility where aid is being distributed –
“This is going to be a long-term effort.”
“The search and rescue, unfortunately, is coming to an end. The recovery is on, and then there will be a massive rebuilding operation.”
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey, killing at least three people, as our coverage comes to an end here.