Earthquake in Turkey

Earthquake shakes again Turkish province of Elazığ

Just two months ago, the Elazığ province in eastern Turkey suffered another earthquake that caused 41 deaths in the region; since then, earthquakes have continued in the area.

An earthquake that reached 5 degrees of intensity on the Richter scale shook the Sivrice district of the Turkish province of Elazığ, located in the east of the country, on Thursday night; that’s the same province where an earthquake that reached 6.8 degrees in late January caused damage to hundreds of buildings and more than 40 deaths.

As reported by the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency, the tremor was triggered at 20:53 local time (18:53 CET) at a depth of 21 kilometers below the Earth’s surface. Local authorities did not report any damage or victims in the region, which is in fact one of the most seismically active in the country.

On January 24th, Elazığ suffered an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 that could be felt in several provinces of Eastern Anatolia, and even in neighbouring countries such as Georgia or Syria; the earthquake caused a total of 41 deaths -37 in Elazığ and 4 in the neighbouring province of Malatya- and 1,607 wounded, many of them also registered in other Turkish provinces such as Adıyaman, Kahramanmaraş, Diyarbakır, Şanlıurfa or Batman.

Turkey is one of the most seismically active countries in the world and has several active tectonic faults that cross its territory and trigger tremors almost daily. In late September 2019, a 5.8-degree earthquake shaked Istanbul, causing 34 injuries and damage to 473 buildings: it was the largest earthquake in the region since the 1999 Great Marmara Earthquake that left 17,000 dead.