In the west of Turkey was earthquake: a new chronology of Turkish Earthquakes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 May 2011 08:00


Yesterday,on May 19, 2011, in western Turkey in the Kutahya province, at 23.15 of local time, was an earthquake of magnitude 5.7, according to preliminary data, more than 80 people were injured. The earthquake was felt in many parts of western and central Turkey, including Istanbul. After the first quake at 23.15, over the next six hours were reported more than 50 aftershocks of magnitude smaller, including 4.6 points. Turkish channels CNN-Turk and NTV said, what the earthquake was so strong, that the in the houses smashing windows, and people in the first few seconds could not move. As a result of the earthquake, some cities in the Kutahya province were without light and electricity, dilapidated houses were destroyed. A significant part of local residents conducted last night on the street for fear of further earthquakes. In the earthquake area are deploying tent camps for temporary housing residents. Seismologists do not predict new strong aftershocks in Kütahya, at the same time, but they do not exclude, that an earthquake of magnitude 4-4,5 some time will continue. earthquakes in Turkey occur often enough, as a substantial part of its territory is located in seismic areas. But the most seismically volatile regions of Turkey are the Black Sea and eastern Turkey, where the boundary of the Arabian and TUrano-Scythian lithospheric plates. The most earthquake-prone point of fault is outside the territory of Turkey, namely in the eastern part of the North Caucasus, where the greatest number of earthquakes and thus the greatest force. The Mediterranean region is not seismically-dangerous region. The largest recorded earthquake in this region, with its epicenter in the sea off Cyprus occurred in 2006 with a force of 4.7 on the Richter scale. On the Mediterranean coast of Turkey tremors were recorded at 2,5 on the Richter scale. That is, shocks were "very weak", which is registered only by seismic instruments. And felt only by individuals who are in a state of complete tranquility in the upper floors of buildings, and very sensitive pets. At the same time periodically in Turkey is experiencing very strong earthquake. Last of the strongest earthquakes - is Izmit earthquake (magnitude 7.6), which occurred August 17, 1999 in Turkey at 3:02 am local time. The epicenter was located at a depth of 17 km, near the industrial city of Izmit. According to official data, the number of victims amounted to 17,217 killed and 43,959 wounded, but many sources reported the following data: 40,000 killed and a similar number wounded. The earthquake caused serious damage to the economy of Turkey, as a result of the earthquake around 120 000 buildings beyond repair, 50 000 had major damage, settled about 2000 buildings, were destroyed a few plants at a local oil refinery caught fire. It took several days to eliminate it. The city was virtually destroyed power lines and communication lines were seriously affected water supplies. Damage was estimated at 25 billion dollars. Crack length resulting from the earthquake was 150 kilometers, stretching from the town of Düzce toward the Marmara Sea. The earthquake occurred in the Sea of ​​Marmara tSunami wave height of up to 3 meters. Fracture were also recorded in Istanbul. According to the Catalogue of earthquakes in Northern Eurasia from ancient times until 1990, and Bulletin of the Seismological from 1955 to present time in this region from 1967 was not observed earthquakes with devastating effect. The penultimate large earthquake occurred in Turkey, occurred in the morning on March 8, 2010. The epicenter was near the Turkish city of Elazig. The earthquake was located at a depth of 10 km. Following the first earthquake in the province of Elazig for the day have been recorded more than 40 aftershocks, including three of magnitude 5.5, 5,1 and 5,3. Turkish media reported that the earthquake killed at least 57 people, about 100 people were injured. The earthquake was almost completely destroyed six villages, located in the 30-45 km from the epicenter in the province of Elazig (550 km east of Ankara). According to the latest report by the U.S. Geological Survey on May 20, 2011, the last major quake of magnitude 4.3 was recorded in Western Turkey on May 19, 2011. List of news about the unusual phenomena in the world can be found here:




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