Magnitude 5 earthquake strikes Turkish Hatay bordering Syria

A magnitude 5 earthquake struck the southern Turkish province of Hatay bordering Syria on Thursday night, the country’s disaster agency said.

The quake, which occurred at 6:53 p.m. local time (1553 GMT) with a depth of 9.76 km, was centered in the province’s Defne district, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority.

No new casualties were reported yet.

Hatay was first hit by twin massive quakes on Feb. 6, followed by another two on Tuesday night. The Defne district was the epicenter of the first magnitude-6.4 quake on Tuesday.

On Feb. 6, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Türkiye’s southern province of Kahramanmaras at 4:17 a.m. local time (0117 GMT), followed by a magnitude 7.6 one at 1:24 p.m. local time (1024 GMT) in the same province.

The recent quakes have killed more than 43,000 people and left tens of thousands homeless across 10 provinces of southern Türkiye. ■

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