7 Died due to earthquake in Turkey’s province Van

By Komal Fatima - Web Editor

23rd February, 2020

At least 7 people have died and five have gotten injured in an earthquake in Turkey’s province Van today.

The magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit Turkey’s van province early Sunday (today), according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

The depth of the earthquake was 5km (3.1 miles).

According to the local news agency, around 43 villages have been affected by the earthquake. Buildings are also collapsed due to an earthquake in the Turkish city of Van.

Iranian officials Inspection and emergency teams have been sent to the affected areas.

Iranian officials reported to local media, “Our rescue teams have been dispatched to the area. So far, we had no reports of damage or fatalities in the area, which is not a populated area in Iran’s West Azarbaijan province,”

Another official informed, “It is very likely that there will be casualties and damages,”

Two weeks ago, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake had struck Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea causes to immediate damage and no warning issued.

The quake hit at a depth of 31 kilometres some 122 kilometres south of Kokopo, the capital of PNG’s East New Britain province, the USGS said.

Geo-science Australia senior seismologist Trevor Allen said coastal communities near the epicentre would have felt “quite strong ground shaking” as the tremblor was close to the shore.

But, he said, the area was relatively sparsely populated and flexible building design locally helped limit exposure to damage from quakes.


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