After the Turkey Syria earthquake, a series of major earthquakes has been reported across the Asia .
An earthquake of about 7.2 magnitude shook Tajikistan at 8:37 a.m. (0037 GMT) on Thursday at a depth of 10 km (6 miles),
The very next day Friday a powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck north of Halmahera island in Indonesia. No casualties or damage to property have been reported so far.
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake near Tobelo, Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, North Maluku, Indonesia, was reported by Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, considered the main national agency that monitors seismic activity in Indonesia.
The earthquake occurred at an intermediate depth of 112 km beneath the epicenter early morning on Friday, February 24th, 2023, at 5:02 am local time. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
According to the NSC, the earthquake originating at a depth of 99 Km, was felt at 01:32:47 IST. “Earthquake of Magnitude:6.2, Occurred on 24-02-2023, 01:32:47 IST, Lat: 3.28 & Long: 128.36, Depth: 99 Km, Location: North of Halmahera, Indonesia,” NCS tweeted. No casualties have been reported so far.
According to Turkey`s Anadolu Agency citing the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), one of the quakes occured at around 20.04 pm, local time (1704GMT) in the Defence district of Hatay, with a magnitude of 6.4, while the other quake with a magnitude of 5.8 hit the country three minutes later, with its epicentre being in Hatay`s Samandag province.
AFAD issued warnings urging citizens to avoid coastal areas as a precaution against the risk of a rise in the sea level, which could reach up to 50 centimetres (1.6 feet).
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay called on citizens in the region to stay away from damaged buildings as authorities scan the affected areas.
Turkey is still not out of the pain of losing at least 41,000 people and another earthquake hitting the country, the agency reported.
Millions of people who survived the quake need humanitarian aid, authorities say, with many survivors left homeless in near-freezing winter temperatures.
Rescues are now few and far between. Earlier, Turkey ended rescue efforts in eight out of ten provinces, almost two weeks after a massive earthquake killed 45 thousands of people, the country`s disaster agency said.
A United Nations Development Program (UNDP) official has estimated that 1.5 million people in Turkey have been left homeless by the recent earthquakes and some 500,000 housing units in the country will have to be rebuilt.