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Beirut Residents Evacuate Homes, Fearing 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake

Mon 06 Feb 2023 | 10:57 AM
Ahmed Moamar

An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the night of Sunday-Monday struck Turkey, and its aftershocks were felt by residents in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, and the initial tremor was followed by less strong aftershocks.

Some Beirut residents evacuated their homes for fear of being hit by the earthquake.

The German Center for Geosciences Research said that the earthquake shook central Turkey and occurred at a depth of ten kilometers.

The German Center confirmed that the magnitude of the earthquake amounted to 7.7 degrees on the Richter scale, while the American Seismological Center estimated the intensity of the Turkey earthquake at 7.9 degrees.

The residents of Lebanon felt successive strong earthquakes within 12 minutes, in a way that caused concern throughout the country, especially in the capital, Beirut, with its tall buildings.

According to preliminary information, the first tremor came with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter, lasted for about 30 seconds, and was felt by residents of various governorates in Lebanon.

The first earthquake was followed by another one with a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter, and was felt by residents in all regions, and lasted for about 10 seconds, and residents of northern regions in Lebanon reported a third shake.