Tuesday, 28 May 2024
Turkey quakes not just one of country's largest but also world's

Turkey quakes not just one of country's largest but also world's

Earthquakes of this strength happening in such quick succession 'almost unprecedented,' says Harold Tobin

The recent earthquakes that rocked southern Türkiye earlier this week were not just the largest in the country, but also among of the largest in the world, an expert said.

Seismologist Harold Tobin said the two earthquakes centered in the province of Kahramanmaras were "really very large," not only some of the largest in Turkey, but also "on a global scale, some of the largest earthquakes in populated regions that we've seen, even in the past century or longer."

More than 14,350 people have been killed and over 63,794 injured after two strong earthquakes jolted southern Turkey on Monday, according to latest official figures.

Magnitude greater than anticipated

Speaking about the two earthquakes, Tobin said that while earthquakes were expected in the region, their magnitude exceeded what was anticipated.

"We, the international seismological community, as well as Turkish authorities, know about the East Anatolian fault zone and the earthquakes were expected in this region. I think the size, the magnitude of this earthquake was larger than might have been anticipated, because we didn't have a history of such a large earthquake on the eastern Anatolian fault."