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New Earthquake Hits Turkey, Toppling More Buildings

More than 48,000 people were killed in the earthquakes of Feb. 6 that hit Turkey and Syria. Credit: Video screenshot/Fox News

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook southern Turkey on Monday — three weeks after a catastrophic tremor devastated the region — causing some already damaged buildings to collapse and killing at least one person.

The country’s disaster management agency, AFAD, said another 69 people were injured as a result of the earthquake which was centered in the town of Yeşilyurt in Malatya province. More than two dozen buildings collapsed.

Yeşilyurt’s mayor, Mehmet Çınar, told HaberTurk television that a father and daughter were trapped beneath the rubble of a four-story building in the town. The pair had entered the damaged building to collect belongings.

Elsewhere in Malatya, search-and-rescue teams were sifting through the rubble of two damaged buildings that toppled on top of some parked cars, HaberTurk reported.

Malatya was among 11 Turkish provinces hit by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that devastated parts of southern Turkey and northern Syria on Feb. 6.

Aftershocks have been occurring in Turkey every three minutes since then, Orhan Tatar, the General Manager of the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), said last week.

He reported a total of 8,550 aftershocks.

That quake led to more than 48,000 deaths in both countries as well as the collapse or serious damage of 173,000 buildings in Turkey.

Turkey detains 188 people in the aftermath of the earthquake

Investigations are ongoing regarding the buildings that collapsed in the quake zone or to which changes were made against the zoning regulation.

In this context, 188 of 622 suspects were arrested, and 218 others were released after judicial control.

Arrest warrants were issued for 69 people, and detention orders were issued for 63 suspects.

The proceedings against the four people in custody are ongoing, while there are five people who were found to be abroad, 16 people who were found to be dead, and 63 people who were released after their statements in prosecutors’ offices.

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