General view of the city after the February 20, 2023 earthquake in Hatay, Türkiye. The death toll from a catastrophic earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria has surpassed 46,000, and search and rescue teams have begun winding down their work. (Photo by Umut Unver / slide images via Getty Images)
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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Turkey-Syria border region late Monday, sparking panic and damaging buildings in the Turkish city of Antakya, two weeks after the country’s worst earthquake in modern history left tens of thousands dead.
Two Reuters witnesses reported a strong tremor and further damage to buildings in central Antakya, where it was centered. It was also felt in Egypt and Lebanon, Reuters reporters said.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said the tremor occurred at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles).
Other witnesses said Turkish rescue teams were running around after the latest quake, checking that people were unharmed.
Muna Al Omar, a resident, said she was in a tent in a park in central Antakya when the earthquake struck.
“I thought the earth was going to crack under my feet,” she said, crying as she held her 7-year-old son in her arms.
“Will there be another aftershock?” she asked.
The two major earthquakes that struck on February 6, which also shook neighboring Syria, left more than a million homeless and killed far more than the latest official figure of 46,000 people in both countries.