Turkey has been shaken by a series of earthquakes recently, with the largest one being a magnitude 5.5 in Kozan, Adana on 25 July. Malatya (Meletî) has been particularly affected, experiencing a magnitude 5.3 quake on 10 August, injuring at least 23 people. This was followed by several more tremors, including a 4.8 and another 4.5 on Saturday, near Yeşilyurt, Malatya at 1:39 pm local time. No casualties or damage have been reported from these latest quakes.
The recent seismic activities in Malatya, with eight earthquakes in the past 30 days alone, are raising concerns over the country’s preparedness. Questions about the Turkish government’s policies towards disaster management have been brought to the fore. The government has been urged to review and strengthen its disaster response mechanisms, ensuring that adequate resources are allocated to affected regions. The need for transparent communication and collaboration with local authorities has also been emphasised, as this can facilitate a more effective response to future seismic events.