Earthquake in Turkey: EMSC says 7.5-magnitude earthquake was not an aftershock – Maps


Map of the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center with the faults in SE Turkey and Syria

The different faults activating in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria were published by the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center, stating that the 7.5-magnitude earthquake was not an aftershock of the first deadly 7.8-magnitude tremor.

The locations of the magnitude 7.8 and magnitude 7.5 earthquakes are shown in red circles. The post-seismic sequence of the 7.8 Richter earthquake essentially “forms” the Anatolia fault Anatolia in an area exceeding 200 km.

On another map, with the aftershocks starting from a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, one can still see more or less the East Anatolia fault forming, but different aftershock activity and a different fault system.

“This is why the magnitude 7.5 earthquake was an aftershock but an earthquake that was triggered,” the EMSC said.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in the 10 provinces hit by strong earthquakes, announcing that the death toll now stands in 3,549. Based on the new report, the dead in Turkey and Syria they now amount to 5,151.

“Turkey is facing one of the biggest disasters not only in its history but also in the world,” Tayyip Erdogan said after Monday’s powerful 7.8 and 7.7 magnitude earthquakes hit the country’s southern provinces. “Experts say ‘there is no precedent in the world’ for this earthquake,” he noted.

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