A new 6.3‑magnitude earthquake has struck southern Turkey, sparking new fears

A magnitude‑6.3 earth­quake hit the Syr­i­an-Turk­ish bor­der on Mon­day, two weeks after an earth­quake that killed more than 46,000 peo­ple dev­as­tat­ed the region, the U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey said in a statement.

The USGS said the epi­cen­ter of the quake was near the south­ern­most tip of Turkey, near Syr­ia and the town of Uzun­bağ, near the Mediter­ranean Sea. The Turk­ish gov­ern­ment also report­ed the quake on a ver­i­fied Twit­ter account.

Reuters news agency said the tremors had sparked pan­ic and dam­aged build­ings in the near­by town of Antakya, while the quake was felt in Egypt and Lebanon.

Antakya res­i­dent Muna Al-Omar told Reuters she was cry­ing as she held her 7‑year-old son in her arms.

“Will there be anoth­er after­shock?” she asked.

In the Turk­ish coastal town of Isk­enderun, elec­tric­i­ty was out and sev­er­al build­ings col­lapsed, Sky News Ara­bia report­ed, cit­ing the town’s mayor.

The Turk­ish gov­ern­ment did not imme­di­ate­ly release any infor­ma­tion about the dam­age or poten­tial injuries caused by the quake. There have been thou­sands of small­er earth­quakes since the 7.8‑magnitude quake on Feb­ru­ary 6, accord­ing to the government.

The cross-bor­der vol­un­teer orga­ni­za­tion Syr­i­an Civ­il Defense said on Twit­ter that there were an unknown num­ber of peo­ple injured by falling rocks, tram­pling and col­laps­ing build­ings. In some cities, unin­hab­it­ed build­ings have cracked.

Earth­quakes have left more than one mil­lion peo­ple home­less in both coun­tries, and Pres­i­dent Recep Tayyip Erdo­gan has come under fire for con­struc­tion meth­ods that failed to pre­vent land­slides, accord­ing to Reuters.

Offi­cials are also bat­tling pub­lic health threats such as intesti­nal and upper res­pi­ra­to­ry infec­tions in the after­math of the earthquake.

Sec­re­tary of State Antony Brinken, who vis­it­ed Turkey the day before, announced addi­tion­al human­i­tar­i­an aid on Sun­day, announc­ing that US earth­quake aid in Turkey and Syr­ia had totaled $185 million.

The Unit­ed Nations is appeal­ing for more than $1.4 bil­lion world­wide for relief efforts.

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