The tremor caused further damage to buildings that had been weakened by the twin earthquakes that struck the region just two weeks earlier, according to eyewitnesses cited by CNN Turk. Some buildings that had already sustained damage collapsed entirely in the latest quake.
Vice-President Fuat Oktay took to Twitter to assure citizens that investigations were ongoing, and to urge them to stay away from damaged buildings. The authorities were taking every precaution to ensure that the area was safe and secure for those affected by the earthquake.
Hatay was one of ten provinces that had been hit by the previous quakes on Feb. 6, which had resulted in the loss of over 41,000 lives in Turkey, and thousands more in neighboring Syria. Despite the scale of the devastation, communities had come together to rebuild and support one another. However, the latest earthquake had once again left them reeling and unsure of what the future held.