More earthquakes strike Turkey and Syria

A shallow magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the Turkey-Syria border region after it was devastated earlier this month by temblors that killed tens of thousands of people.

The quake hit the town of Defne at 8:04 pm and was strongly felt in the cities of Antakya and Adana, 200km (300 miles) to the north, according to Al-Jazeera.

A second magnitude 5.8 centered in the Samandag district of Hatay shook the region several minutes later, Turkey’s emergency management agency said, Al Jazeera’s Assed Baig, reporting from Gaziantep, said there were reports of more structures being destroyed in the region.

Magnitude 7.8 and 7.6 earthquakes struck Turkey’s southeast and neighboring Syria on February 6, killing more than 47,000 people and leaving one million homeless and an economical cost expected to run into tens of billions of dollars.