Magnitude 5.3 earthquake shakes Türkiye’s Malatya

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake shakes Türkiye’s Malatya

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook Türkiye’s eastern Malatya province on Thursday, according to Azerbaijan in Focus, reporting Daily Sabah, citing the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

The epicenter of the earthquake was the Yeşilyurt district, AFAD said.

It took place at a depth of 7 kilometers (4.3 miles).

Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya noted that all relevant institutions, including AFAD, have been mobilized to detect any damage or issues following the earthquake. There were no reports of deaths following the earthquake, but 22 people were injured after jumping off their balconies due to panic, he said.

Some people who panicked during the quake jumped off their balconies but no other damage has been reported, according to the governor.

The quake was felt in nearby provinces, including Kahramanmaraş, Adıyaman, Şanlıurfa and Gaziantep. Many people flocked to the streets following the quake, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Malatya Governor Ersin Yazıcı told AA an abandoned building in the Battalgazi district, which was already damaged in the Feb. 6 twin quakes, was destroyed following Thursday’s earthquake.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also said that National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE) squads were in the region to detect any problems, but no issues have been reported so far.

Earlier on Thursday, Koca announced the creation of UMKE Atak, a new medical unit for search and rescue operations.

On February 6, a pair of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes shook southeastern Türkiye, destroying homes, roads infrastructure and parts of cities, resulting in the deaths of at least 50,000 people and injuring thousands of others. The country declared a state of emergency following the tragic disaster, while pledging to rebuild cities wiped out by the quakes.