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:
Notable quake, preliminary info: M 6.4 - 3 km WSW of Uzunbağ, Turkey https://t.co/gXZjur6vu0
— USGS Earthquakes (@USGS_Quakes) February 20, 2023
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.
Hatay merkezli meydana gelen depremlerle ilgili incelemelerimiz devam ediyor.
Bölgede bulunan vatandaşlarımızın hasarlı binalardan uzak durmalarını ve ekiplerimizin uyarılarına hassasiyetle uymalarını rica ediyoruz.
— Fuat Oktay (@fuatoktay) February 20, 2023
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.).
Vatandaşlarımızın, deniz seviyesinde 50 cm’e kadar yükselme riskine karşı tedbir amacıyla sahil şeridinden uzak durmaları önem arz etmektedir.
— AFAD (@AFADBaskanlik) February 20, 2023
According to AFAD, more than 6,000 aftershocks have been recorded since the earthquake that devastated southern Turkey and Syria.