The earth trembles and shakes, as if it has a life of its own. And it did so again recently in Turkey’s south, as a second high-magnitude earthquake rocked the region. Let’s take a closer look at the details of this natural disaster and what it means for the country.
On Friday night, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the province of Elazig in Turkey’s southeastern region, according to the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency. The quake followed a 5.7-magnitude tremor that occurred in the same region only two days prior.
The quake caused significant damage to buildings and infrastructure, as well as numerous injuries and at least 41 deaths. The strongest aftershocks were felt in the town of Sivrice, located close to the epicenter of the earthquake.
The Turkish government declared a three-day period of national mourning for the victims, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged citizens to lend their support for those affected by the disaster. The government has also announced a package of support measures, including financial aid for those who have lost their homes and businesses.
The recent earthquakes in Turkey’s south have been the most powerful in the region since a 7.2-magnitude tremor hit the province of Van in 2011. The Turkish government has since implemented stricter building regulations in order to reduce the risk of similar disasters in the future.
It’s a tragedy when natural disasters strike, but it’s reassuring to know that the Turkish government is taking steps to ensure that its citizens are better protected in the future. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the recent earthquakes in Turkey’s south.