7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Central Turkey

Guwahati: Two powerful earthquake jolts struck central Turkey early on Monday morning.

According to reports, 95 people were dead and several others were injured after several buildings toppled down.

Reportedly, the initial earthquake had a Richter scale magnitude of about 7.5. Soon after, a second earthquake with a magnitude of about 6.8 occurred.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took to Twitter and said, “Search and rescue teams have been immediately dispatched to the areas hit by the earthquake”.

According to the news agency Associated Press, the epicentre of the earthquakes was roughly 20 miles or 33 kilometres from the province capital and large city of Gaziantep. 16 miles or 26 kilometres from Nurdagi town.

Meanwhile, according to the United States Geological Survey, the tremors began at a depth of around 18 kilometres. This was followed shortly by another quake that measured around 6.8 magnitude.

On the other hand, the National Center for Seismology (NCS) said that the first earthquake, which was felt about 6.47 am, registered about 7.5 on the Richter scale (IST). The epicentre was located at 399 kilometres north-northeast (NNE) of Beirut, Lebanon and the depth of the earthquake was approximately 10 kilometres.

NCS tweeted, “Earthquake of Magnitude:7.5, Occurred on 06-02-2023, 06:47:35 IST, Lat: 37.25 & Long: 37.07, Depth: 10 Km ,Location: 399km NNE of Beirut, Lebanon.”

In a further tweet, NCS mentioned that the initial quake was followed by a 6.8 magnitude tremor at around 6.58 am (IST). The location was estimated at around 412 kilometers North East (NE) of Nicosia, Cyprus.

“Earthquake of Magnitude:6.8, Occurred on 06-02-2023, 06:58:26 IST, Lat: 37.40 & Long: 37.08, Depth: 10 Km ,Location: 412km NE of Nicosia, Cyprus,” tweeted NCS.

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