Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) on Feb. 20 evening withdrew the tsunami alert issued for southern Turkey after 6.4, 5.8, 5.2, 5.2 magnitudes of earthquakes hit Hatay province.
Vatandaşlarımızın, deniz seviyesinde 50 cm’e kadar yükselme riskine karşı tedbir amacıyla sahil şeridinden uzak durmaları önem arz etmektedir.— AFAD (@AFADBaskanlik) February 20, 2023
‼🌊TSUNAMI ALERT— EMSC (@LastQuake) February 20, 2023
Following the #earthquake (#deprem) M6.4 occurred 14 km SW of #Antioch (#Turkey) 20 min ago (local time 20:04:29). Move away from the coast and reach a higher place. Follow national authorities' directives. Updates at the links provided below👇 pic.twitter.com/GjjEJItxV0
The first earthquake on Feb. 20 occurred at 8.04 p.m. local time in Hatay’s Defne district at a magnitude of 6.4.
Three minutes later, another quake hit Hatay’s Samandağ district at a magnitude of 5.8.
After the two quakes, state-run AFAD has issued a tsunami alert, warning residents to stay away from the coastline.
The AFAD later on the same evening withdrew the tsunami alert, saying "The warning for the sea level rise, which was given as a precautionary measure upon the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute's warning, was removed as a result of the evaluations made with the Kandilli."
Hatay merkezli meydana gelen depremlerin ardından @Kandilli_info uyarısı üzerine tedbir amaçlı verilen deniz seviyesi yükseltisine yönelik uyarı @Kandilli_info ile yapılan değerlendirmeler sonucunda kaldırılmıştır.— AFAD (@AFADBaskanlik) February 20, 2023
Kamuoyuna saygıyla duyurulur.
Later, two earthquakes at magnitudes of 5.2 hit Samandağ district again.
The earthquakes came after two devastating quakes hit southeastern Kahramanmaraş province on Feb. 6, one at the magnitude of 7.7 and the other 7.6.
While reports were received that the heavily damaged buildings collapsed after the latest quakes, officials warned the citizens to stay away from the buildings.
Hatay Mayor Lütfü Savaş announced that some people are waiting to be rescued from under the rubble.
The Hatay province was already heavily affected by the Feb. 6 quakes, as more than half of the buildings in some of its districts were either demolished or heavily damaged.
After the tsunami alert, Reuters photographer Ümit Bektaş shared a photo of tent area located in Hatay's Samandağ district for temporary housing of the quake victims, saying "no comment."
Samandag’da cektigim kamp gorseliyle AA tweetini yanyana koyuyor ve yorum yapmiyorum :( pic.twitter.com/DDxUxlACtt— Umit Bektas (@bektasumit) February 20, 2023
The moment of the earthquake was recorded by journalists in the region.