Powerful earthquake of 7.8 magnitude reported near Gaziantep in Southern Turkey


6th February 2023 – (Ankara) A powerful earthquake of 7.8 magnitude was reported near Gaziantep in Southern Turkey this morning.

The epicentre was located at 37.15 degrees north latitude and 36.95 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 20 km.

Gaziantep, historically and still informally called Aintab or Antep (pronounced [anˈtep]), is a major city and capital of the Gaziantep Province, in the westernmost part of Turkey‘s Southeastern Anatolia Region and partially in the Mediterranean Region, approximately 185 km (115 mi) east of Adana and 97 km (60 mi) north of AleppoSyria. It is thought to be located on the site of ancient Antiochia ad Taurum, and is near ancient Zeugma.

As of 2021 census, the Metropolitan Province was home to 2,130,432 inhabitants, of whom 1,775,904 lived in the metropolitan area made of two (out of three) urban districts of Şahinbey and Şehitkamil, as Oğuzeli is not conurbated. It is the sixth-most populous city in Turkey.