Deadly new earthquake traps people under rubble in Turkey

  • Laura Bicker of Hatay and Oliver Slow of London
  • BBC news

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Watch: Dashcam footage shows moment of new Turkey earthquake

Rescuers are again searching for people trapped under rubble in Turkey after two new earthquakes hit Turkey, killing at least three people.

Tremors of magnitudes 6.4 and 5.8 hit the southeast near the border with Syria, and on 6 February a large earthquake devastated both countries.

Previous earthquakes have killed 44,000 people in Turkey and Syria and left tens of thousands more homeless.

Those shaking-weakened buildings collapsed in both countries on Monday.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Agency said at 20:04 local time (17:04 GMT) an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 occurred, followed by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake three minutes later.

Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu said three deaths had occurred in Antakya, Dehne and Samandag and urged people to stay away from potentially dangerous buildings.

Mr Soylu said as many as 213 people were injured.

Reports from the city of Antakya said fear and panic erupted in the streets as ambulances and rescue teams attempted to reach the worst-affected areas where walls of badly damaged buildings collapsed.

“I thought the earth was going to split under my feet,” local resident Muna Al Omar told Reuters, crying as she held her 7-year-old son in her arms. She was in a tent in a park in the city center when a new earthquake struck.

Ali Mazram, 18, told AFP news agency that he had been looking for the bodies of his family members after the previous earthquake.

“I don’t know what to do…we grabbed each other and the wall started crumbling in front of us,” he said.

In Syria, some 470 injured people are said to have visited hospitals after Monday’s quake, which was also reportedly felt in Egypt and Lebanon.

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Rescuers work on a collapsed building in Hatay, Turkey.

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People’s reaction after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Antakya, southern Turkey, on Monday

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