7,145 aftershocks occur in southeastern Turkey since Feb. 6

Some 7,145 aftershocks have hit Turkey’s southern and southeastern regions since Feb. 6 major earthquakes, Kandilli Observatory Manager Prof. Haluk Özener has announced.

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Prof. Haluk Özener, manager of the Kandilli Observatory, on Feb. 21 announced that some 7,145 aftershocks have occurred in Turkey’s southern and southeastern regions since Feb. 6 Kahramanmaraş-based major earthquakes.

“After the earthquakes that occurred in Sofalaca- Şehitkamil-Gaziantep at 04:17 on February 6, 2023 and in Ekinözü-Kahramanmaraş at 13:24, a total of 7,145 earthquake occurred in the region as of February 21, 2023 at 20:30,” Özener said in a tweet.

The biggest magnitude of those aftershocks were recorded as 6.6 in Gaziantep province on Feb. 6, followed by 6.4 in Hatay province on Feb. 20.

Turkey's southeastern region was struck by two major earthquakes on Feb. 6, one at the magnitude of 7.7 and the other 7.6.

As of Feb. 22, the death toll from devastating quakes rose to 42,310, according to official figures.

Turkish Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum on Feb. 19 announced that 118,000 buildings either collapsed, are about to collapse or heavily damaged in 11 provinces due to quakes.

Moreover, 6.4, 5.8, 5.2, 5.2 magnitudes of earthquakes hit Turkey's southern province of Hatay on Feb. 20, resulting in the collapse of some heavily damaged buildings. Six people died and 294 people were injured as a result of these latest quakes.