Two earthquakes hit the Caucasus, spreading panic in northeast Turkey


Two back-to-back earthquakes that hit Georgia and Armenia have caused panic among residents of Turkey’s northeastern border provinces.


The first earthquake of magnitude 5.3 shook the town of Shirak, an Armenian settlement on the border with Turkey, late on February 13, according to initial data from the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center.

A few hours later, another earthquake of greater magnitude was reported. A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the southern regions of Georgia this time, the seismological monitoring center of Tbilisi-based Ilia State University said.

No casualties have been reported so far, but the series of earthquakes were felt in Turkey’s northeastern provinces including Kars, Iğdır, Ardahan and Artvin, forcing most residents to stay out from home at night.

“About 70% of the inhabitants spent the night outside,” said Ömer Vargün, the mayor of the town of Dağpınar in Digor, located in the northeastern province of Kars.

While three adobe houses in a village of Arpaçay in the province were slightly damaged, a 14-year-old boy who jumped out of the window during the earthquake suffered minor hand injuries.


Eastern Turkey is a seismically active region and has recently witnessed devastating earthquakes.


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