Turkey, earthquake in Hatay province

Earthquake registered in southern Turkey

The earthquake, followed by several aftershocks, did not cause injuries but was felt in several provinces of Turkey as well as in Syria and Cyprus. In January, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake caused 41 deaths in the east of the country.

An earthquake of 4.7 degrees was felt on Wednesday morning in the Mediterranean province of Hatay, located in southern Turkey, according to Turkish press reports, citing sources from the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD).

According to information released by AFAD, the earthquake broke out at 10:40 a.m. (9:40 CET) and was located in the sea about 47 kilometres off the coast of the Yayladağı district, located in the south of the province of Hatay on the border with Syria, and about 25 kilometres deep under the seabed.

Shortly after the main shaking, several aftershocks occurred that reached between 4.2 and 4.4 degrees on the Richter earthquake measurement scale. According to the Turkish press, the tremors could be felt in several provinces of southern Turkey, as well as in countries such as Syria, and on the island of Cyprus.

Turkey is one of the most seismically active countries in the world and is crossed by several active tectonic faults that regularly produce tremors. Only a few days ago a small earthquake of less than 4 degrees was detected in Istanbul, where in September a 5.8-degree earthquake left 34 wounded and hundreds of buildings damaged. Last January, another 6.8-magnitude earthquake caused 41 deaths in the Elazığ and Malatya provinces.