Earthquake of Magnitude 5.5 Strikes Turkey Again

Guwahati: The United States Geological Survey stated on Tuesday that a 5.5 magnitude earthquake had struck the Turkish town of Golbasi, which is situated in the Central Anatolia region of the Ankara Province.

Since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked southern Turkey on Monday morning local time, at least 100 aftershocks of magnitude 4.0 or higher have been recorded.

The aftershocks tend to become less frequent and stronger as time passes since the initial earthquake. However, 5.0 to 6.0-plus aftershocks are still expected to happen and pose a threat of further harm to any structures already damaged by the initial earthquake. According to CNN, this poses a continuing threat to rescue personnel and survivors.

The fault zone that ruptured in southern Turkey is more than 300 kilometres (186 miles) long, oriented from southwest to northeast and extending from the Syrian border up through the province of Malatya.

According to officials and agencies, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that slammed Turkey and Syria early on Monday left more than 4,372 people dead and many injured.

Relief organisations are especially concerned about northwestern Syria, where more than 4 million people were already depending on humanitarian aid while thousands of structures have collapsed in both nations.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake, one of the biggest to hit the area in more than 100 years struck 24.1 kilometres (14.9 miles) beneath the surface of Turkey’s Gaziantep province, 23 kilometres (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi.

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