Report: A 5.5-magnitude earthquake strikes Central Turkey, marking the 37th tremor in 66 hours

Earthquake strikes Central Turkey, marking the 37th tremor in 66 hours

Central Turkiye was shaken on Saturday by an earthquake with a value of 5.5 on the Richter scale, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

Reuters, a news service, reports that the earthquake was 10 kilometres deep.

According to EMSC, this is the 37th felt tremor to have occurred in Central Turkiye in the previous 66 hours.

Notably, the larger earthquake that devastated the country's border regions and left more than 50,000 dead and thousands of houses demolished occurred just weeks prior to Saturday's quake.

A government official reported on Friday that Turkiye had started the process of rebuilding houses following the most recent devastating earthquakes.

In the enormous earthquake, more than 1,60,000 structures with 5,20,000 apartments fell down or suffered serious damage thousands of people were slain by earthquakes on February 6 in Turkey and neighbouring Syria.

According to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the number of people killed by aftershocks in Turkiye increased to 44,218 on Friday evening. With Syria's most recent death toll of 5,914, the total death toll now exceeds 50,000.

President Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to rebuild the destroyed homes within a year, despite the fact that experts have advised the government to prioritize safety over expediency.

The recent earthquakes caused some buildings that were designed to endure tremors to collapse.

"Contracts and tenders have been conducted for a number of initiatives. The procedure is progressing quickly, "An official was cited by Reuters as saying. He continued by saying that safety would not be  Authorities claim that tents have been sent out for the numerous people who have been made destitute, but people have complained that getting to them is difficult.

Notably, Erdogan's administration has come under fire for both how it handled the destruction and for what critics claim were years of lax enforcement of building quality control.

According to reports, the government's original plan is to spend $15 billion building 200,000 apartments and 70,000 village homes. Over 1.5 million people are believed to be homeless as a result of the destruction, and at least 5,000 new homes are required to relocate.

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