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Turkey earthquake: People are trapped under rubble by a new and deadly tremor

After another earthquake in Turkey, which killed at least six people, rescuers are searching again for those trapped beneath rubble.

Near the border with Syria, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck. Both countries were devastated by massive earthquakes on the 6th of February.

The earthquakes that struck earlier in Turkey and Syria left 44,000 dead, with thousands more homeless.

Both countries saw their buildings collapsed by the tremors on Monday.

Turkey’s disaster management and emergency agency reports that the 6.4 earthquake struck at 20:04 GMT (17:04 GMT) at 10km (6.2 mi) depth.

The 5.8 aftershock followed three minutes later, and 31 additional aftershocks that weren’t as severe.

Dr Fahrettin Koca (health minister) stated that 294 people had been injured, 18 of which were serious.

The earthquake struck an area that had been largely deserted after the 6 February earthquake, which caused the death toll to be relatively low.

Antakya reported that panic reigned in the streets as rescue teams and ambulances attempted to reach the most severely affected areas.

Muna al-Omar, a local resident, said that she thought the earth would collapse under her feet as she held her seven year-old son. When the earthquakes struck, she was sleeping in a tent in a city park.

Ali Mazlum, aged 18, said to AFP that he was looking for relatives who died in the earthquakes.

He said, “You don’t know what you should do… we grabbed one another and right in front us, the walls began to fall.”

The latest earthquake in Adana brought people to a volleyball center that was converted into a rescue centre after the first earthquake.

According to the BBC, 600 people could have arrived overnight and sought shelter in a stable building on the ground floor.

People were reported to have fled the streets after the earthquake struck. This is a sign of the fear that still exists two weeks later.

According to reports, around 470 people were injured in Syria after Monday’s earthquakes. These quakes were also felt in Egypt, Lebanon, and Lebanon.

On Monday, US Secretary Antony Blinken visited Turkey and announced $100m (PS83m), in humanitarian aid. He also stated that America would continue to support earthquake recovery for “as long as it takes”.

It was one of many countries that offered assistance in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Recent rescue operations in all but two areas were closed down, with the hope of finding people alive rapidly diminishing.



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