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Aftershocks in Turkey Occur Every Three Minutes Since Feb 6

Aftershocks in Turkey Occur Every Three Minutes Since Feb 6.
Aftershocks in Turkey Occur Every Three Minutes Since Feb 6. Credit: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

Aftershocks have been occurring in Turkey every three minutes since the fatal earthquakes that struck 11 southern provinces on February 6.

Orhan Tatar, the General Manager of the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), said that there had been a total of 8,550 aftershocks since the first significant earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 that occurred on February 6. At least 43,556 people lost their lives as a direct result of the earthquakes.

Tatar said in his statement at the AFAD headquarters in the nation’s capital city of Ankara that a sequence of successive tremors was recorded in only 17 days, which is a much shorter amount of time than the average four-month span.

“This is a really big figure. When we think about the total number of earthquakes we record in about a year, we recorded the number of earthquakes that should have been recorded in four months in about 17 days,” he said.

Significant Magnitude Earthquakes

Tatar highlighted the fact that the majority of these aftershocks in Turkey were of a significant magnitude. He issued a stern warning that it is possible that an aftershock with a magnitude of 5 or higher would still strike the area in the days to come. Because of this, it is very important for residents to keep their distance from any damaged structures.

Rules & Regulations For Earthquake Zone

Tatar emphasized that it is illegal in the provinces that are in the earthquake zone to remove personal goods from properties that have suffered major damage.

Removing personal goods from a damaged property before it has been inspected or deemed safe can be dangerous, as the building may not be structurally sound and could collapse at any moment. It can also make it more difficult for authorities to assess the damage and determine what needs to be done to make the building safe again.

He further said that the earthquake had caused damage not just in the 11 provinces that were impacted, but also in the districts of certain towns outside of those provinces.

“We have received some information that there are some damaged buildings in several districts of [the Central Anatolian province of] Niğde, in [the eastern province of] Sivas’ Gürün district, and in some of [the Central Anatolian province of] Kayseri’s districts that are close to the epicenter of the earthquakes,” Tatar said.

Threats to Nearby Areas

Several threats may arise as a consequence of earthquake aftershocks in disaster zones, such as rockfalls. Individuals dwelling in dangerous neighborhoods and villages that are located a significant distance from city centers are being evacuated.

The devastating earthquakes that struck on February 6 impacted the lives of about 20 million people throughout the world.

After the terrible earthquakes, thousands of people have been left without homes, but 11 provinces are working on implementing various options to provide temporary housing for those affected.

Tatar stated that “…… damage assessment studies continue in these residential areas. The Gürün district of Sivas, where the damage detection study has been completed, is now evaluated as a ‘disaster zone’.”

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