Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes southern Turkey three weeks after devastating quake

(MENAFN) In southern Turkey, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake has occurred, only three weeks after a catastrophic quake devastated the same region. The disaster management agency, AFAD, reported that the latest tremor caused some already damaged buildings to collapse and resulted in at least one fatality, with 69 people injured. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the town of Yesilyurt in Malatya province, where more than two dozen buildings have collapsed.

Yesilyurt's mayor, Mehmet Cinar, has reported that a father and daughter were trapped beneath the rubble of a four-story building. The pair had entered the damaged structure to collect their belongings. In other parts of Malatya, search-and-rescue teams have been working to sift through the rubble of two damaged buildings that had fallen on top of parked cars.

Unfortunately, Malatya was among 11 Turkish provinces that were struck by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake earlier this month, which resulted in more than 48,000 deaths in both Turkey and northern Syria. In Turkey alone, 173,000 buildings have collapsed or been seriously damaged as a result of the quake. AFAD's chief, Yunus Sezer, has urged people not to enter damaged buildings, warning that strong aftershocks continue to pose a risk. Since the Feb. 6 earthquake, close to 10,000 aftershocks have hit the affected region.


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