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Turkey, Series of quakes. The strongest with a magnitude of about 5.0

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Seismic tremors were recorded again in central and eastern Turkey. On Saturday evening, the earthquake was strongest in the vicinity of the city of Göksun, where an earthquake with a magnitude of about 5.2 occurred.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 occurred at a depth of 10.1 kilometers on Saturday around 22.30 local time (it was then 20.30 in Poland). The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) estimated the quake’s magnitude at 5.2 and a depth of 10 km.

Seismically active area

The epicenter of the event was about 10 km east of the city of Göksun. Tremors were felt at a distance of 300 km from the epicenter, not only in Turkey, but also in Lebanon and Syria. The city of Göksun, where they were strongest, suffered massive damage in a catastrophic earthquake in early February.

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The EMSC reported that the evening quake was the thirtieth felt in central Turkey in the last 71 hours. A number of smaller tremors were also recorded in the area on Saturday afternoon.

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

The epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria on Monday, February 6, was in the Turkish province of Kahramanmaras. Less than 12 hours later, a second 7.7-magnitude quake occurred several dozen kilometers to the north. Both phenomena were accompanied by a series of over 100 aftershocks.

The affected region of south-eastern Turkey and north-western Syria is seismically active and tremors are frequent. However, the latter is the most powerful cataclysm of this type in this region in recent times. In 1999, an earthquake in Izmit, Turkey, killed 17,000-18,000 people. Measurements showed that the quake had a magnitude of 7.6.

The deadliest earthquake in the history of seismic measurements was recorded in 1976 in the Chinese province of Tangshan. The official figures of the authorities spoke of 250,000 victims. They were probably greatly underestimated, because some sources gave the number of people killed as high as 650,000. The Tangshan cataclysm had an official magnitude of 7.5, although other measurements indicated as high as 8.2 degrees. The magnitude 9.5 was the strongest ever measured quake, in 1960, in Chile. More than 1,650 people died then.

Strong earthquake in Turkey and SyriaPAP

Main photo source: EMSC



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