Canada Global (Web News) Late on Monday, two weeks after the country’s deadliest earthquake in modern history left tens of thousands of people dead, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake slammed southern Turkey close to the Syrian border, causing panic and further destroying buildings.
The tremors, which were felt throughout downtown Antakya city, were severe and long-lasting, causing damage to structures and dispersing dust into the nighttime air, according to two Reuters correspondents. According to Reuters correspondents, Egypt and Lebanon were also affected.
The tremor, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), occurred at a shallow depth of 2 km (1.2 miles).
When ambulances raced to the earthquake-hit area close to the city centre, police officers monitored Antakya. Two people passed out while others crowded the streets near Central Park to call for help on their cell phones.