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‘Impact area of earthquakes in Türkiye is twice total area of Lebanon’: Geologist

Fault line broken in Türkiye is nearly 350 km long, covering very large area, says Lebanese scientist

Idiris Okuduci  | 09.02.2023 - Update : 15.02.2023
‘Impact area of earthquakes in Türkiye is twice total area of Lebanon’: Geologist

BEIRUT, Lebanon

The impact area of the earthquakes that hit southern Türkiye on Monday was equivalent to twice the total area of neighboring Lebanon, according to a Lebanese geologist.

"The fault line that broke in Türkiye is nearly 350 kilometers (217.5 miles) long. It is a very long fault line covering a large area," Tony Nemer, a geologist at Beirut American University in the Lebanese capital, told Anadolu.

Nemer said that only part of the East Anatolian fault line was broken in the recent earthquake, while there was no activity in the other part.

"There is no activity in almost half of the fault line. Now authorities in Türkiye need to pay attention to the second part. I’m talking about the eastern part of the fault line. It’s unpredictable when there will be activity in this part. It may be right now, in a short time, or in a few years," he said.

The scientist also warned about disinformation on social media.

On an alleged tsunami threat to Türkiye and neighboring countries, he said: "In order for a post-earthquake tsunami to occur in the region, the earthquake’s base must be on the coast. The epicenter must be very close to the undersea. Thankfully, this earthquake was not under the sea. Otherwise, there would have been serious turbulence and big waves in the sea and then a tsunami may have occurred in the Eastern Mediterranean.”

Over 14,000 people were killed and nearly 63,800 injured by two strong earthquakes which jolted southern Türkiye on Monday, according to the latest official figures.

The magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes, centered in the Kahramanmaras province, were felt by 13 million people across 10 provinces, also including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Sanliurfa.

Several countries in the region, including Syria and Lebanon, felt strong tremors that struck Türkiye in the space of less than 10 hours.

*Writing by Zehra Nur Duz

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