Even more than two weeks after the severe earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, the earth in the region does not come to rest. An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 occurred in the eastern Mediterranean near the border between Israel and Lebanon early Wednesday morning, as reported by the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) Potsdam and the US earthquake monitoring station USGS. In Iraq, which borders Syria, another earthquake of magnitude 4.6 occurred about an hour later. The earth also trembled in Turkey. There were initially no reports of injuries.
The tremors did not stop, Marlene Brax, head of the Lebanese Center for Geophysics, said according to local media. More energy is trapped underground, which is now being released. Two large continental plates meet in the region.
The series of earthquakes began on February 6, when two earthquakes measuring 7.7 and a little later measuring 7.6 shook southeastern Turkey and northern Syria. This was followed by more than 6,000 aftershocks, according to Turkish sources.
On Monday, the Seismological Center in Istanbul reported another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4. More than 48,000 people have died since the disaster, including more than 42,000 in Turkey.