Japanese Earthquake Experts Warn About Major Earthquakes in the Middle East. PHOTO/Reuters
TOKYO – An expert earthquake Japan stated, Turki and its neighboring countries should be aware of further earthquakes of the same magnitude as the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that recently hit Turkey and Syria.
This prediction was revealed by Yagi Yoji, a professor of seismology at the University of Tsukuba and a fault expert, in an article and interview with local media, Tuesday (7/2/2023).
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“There are several faults near the epicenter of this earthquake, where the northeastern Anatolian plate meets the Arabian plate, and this leads to the formation of complex tectonic structures between them,” Yagi explained, as quoted by Arab News.
“Stress builds up and when it reaches a peak of tension, these plates collide with each other, releasing a huge amount of energy that causes a shift in the layers of the earth, leading to earthquakes. In the future, an earthquake with the same magnitude is likely to occur,” predicted Yagi.
He noted that in January 2020, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake occurred near the East Anatolian Fault and many people died as a result of building collapses. In 1939, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred in eastern Erzincan, killing more than 30,000 people. There was also another earthquake that killed around 17,000 people.
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According to an analysis conducted by the US Geological Survey, the depth of the epicenter of Monday’s first earthquake – 7.8 on the Richter scale – is 17.9 kilometers below the surface of the earth, and the depth of the epicenter of the second –7.5 on the Richter scale – is 10 kilometers below Earth surface.
Because both earthquakes occurred at relatively shallow depths, the earth shook violently near the epicenter and caused devastation over a large area.
Meanwhile, the bodies of those killed in an earthquake in southern Turkey are left on the street as the hunt for survivors continues. It is known, more than 7,000 people died in Turkey and northern Syria which were also devastated by a devastating earthquake earlier this week.
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