Seismologists have predicted an earthquake in Istanbul with catastrophic consequences

Hürriyet: Seismologists expect an earthquake in Istanbul with catastrophic consequences

Seismologists have predicted an earthquake in Istanbul with catastrophic consequences that will exceed losses in southeastern Turkey . This is reported by the Hürriyet newspaper.

Experts explained that the Turkish capital is located at the junction of the Anatolian and Eurasian tectonic plates. At a distance of 15-20 kilometers from the city under the Sea of ​​Marmara is the Anatolian fault, which explains the danger of a possible cataclysm.

“In other words, the earthquake in Kahramanmaras is almost a rehearsal for the Istanbul earthquake. An earthquake with a magnitude of more than 7 is waiting for all of us in Istanbul at any moment, ”the experts said.

The article notes that the capital of Turkey has more than a million buildings and 4.5 million apartments, with an average of 3.3 people living in them. With an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 and above, almost 13.5 thousand buildings will receive critical damage, more than 39 thousand houses will be badly damaged.

Earlier, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that the death toll from earthquakes in the country exceeded 39.5 thousand people.

On February 6 , powerful earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 were recorded in Turkey . They became the strongest since 1939, and the World Health Organization recognized this earthquake as the strongest natural disaster in the century in the European region.

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