New 6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Turkey

The quake was felt in the cities of Antakya and Adana. The Turkish Disaster Management Agency asked citizens to stay away from the coast as sea levels could rise up to 19 inches.

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded on Monday in the Hatay province in southern Turkey. This quake is the strongest aftershock following the devastating and deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquakes on Feb. 6.

The earthquake occurred at 8:04 p.m. local time. Its epicenter was located in the town of Defne and was felt in the cities affected by the previous earthquakes, Antakya and Adana, 124.2 miles (200 kilometers) to the north. So far, there is no information on injuries or deaths. The National Geological Survey provided the following information:

Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay tweeted a few minutes after the quake asking citizens to stay away from damaged buildings and noting that they are continuing their investigations in Hatay:

Our investigations on earthquakes in Hatay continue. We ask our citizens in the region to stay away from damaged buildings and to carefully follow the warnings of our teams.

Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) tweeted a warning asking "citizens to stay away from the coast as a precaution against sea level rise of up to 50 cm."

After the magnitude 6.4 and 5.8 #earthquakes occurred in Hatay, our relevant teams are on alert and responding to incoming reports quickly.

It is important for our citizens to stay away from the coastline as a precaution against the risk of a rise in sea level up to 50 cm (19 in.).

According to AFAD, more than 6,000 aftershocks have been recorded since the earthquake that devastated southern Turkey and Syria.