There were new earthquakes in the Mediterranean Sea and Iraq. They were not as strong as the tremors in Turkey and Syria. Nevertheless, there are warnings of further earthquakes.
The federal government wants to facilitate fundraising for the victims of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. The Federal Ministry of Finance informed the German Press Agency on Thursday that a so-called disaster decree is currently being coordinated with the tax authorities of the federal states. The decree should apply retrospectively to fundraisers from February 6, 2023. It is still unclear when exactly it will come into force. It is about organizational and tax relief.
According to a new government report, 164,321 buildings were destroyed or severely damaged in the devastating earthquakes in Turkey. Urban planning minister Murat Kurum gave this figure to journalists in Adiyaman province on Thursday. The affected houses urgently need to be demolished, he added. Preparatory work for the reconstruction had already begun.
Strong earthquake in Tajikistan: magnitude of at least 6.8
Update from February 23, 10:05 a.m .: After the earthquake in the Mediterranean on Wednesday (February 22), a strong earthquake shook a sparsely populated part of Tajikistan on Thursday morning. The China Earthquake Center put the magnitude of the quake at 7.2 on the Richter scale. The US earthquake monitor USGS spoke of a magnitude of 6.8.
The center of the earthquake was 67 kilometers from the small town of Murghob. There were initially no reports of damage or casualties. The quake struck near the border with China’s Xinjiang region. Several aftershocks were measured.