Turkey Struck by Another Earthquake


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A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey on Monday. The earthquake collapsed multiple buildings, which resulted in injuries and at least one death, authorities say.

There were more than 100 injuries sustained due to the earthquake in the town of Yesilyurt in Malatya province, as reported by AP News. This earthquake comes three weeks after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on February 6 displaced millions, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

Yunus Sezer, the chief of Turkey’s disaster management agency, AFAD, told reporters that more than a dozen buildings collapsed due to Monday’s earthquake, per AP News. Reports from Reuters say Sezer confirmed that search and rescue teams were deployed to buildings that collapsed due to the earthquake.

A father and daughter entered a damaged four-story building to collect their belongings and became trapped under the rubble in Yesilyurt. They have since been rescued by a team but sustained injuries, per AP News.

The one known death from Monday’s earthquake came in the town of Dulkadiroglu, where six men went into a metal workshop to retrieve kitchen items, as reported by The New York Times. Of the five survivors, one escaped unharmed, while the four others sustained injuries due to the quake.

The World Bank estimates the earthquakes in Turkey caused “direct damages” worth upwards of $34.2 billion, per AP News. The World Bank added that reconstruction costs could double those numbers and that GDP loss could also add to the costs.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, local donation spots have been set up by the Turkish American Association of Northern Texas. Locations can be found in Garland, Downtown Dallas, and Carrollton, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

On February 18, a Lewisville mosque containing donations for earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria was burglarized, as previously reported by The Dallas Express. The money was being held in metal lockboxes at the Islamic Association of Lewisville and Flower Mound (IALFM).

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