Earthquake in Turkey, hundreds dead. The Ingv Expert: What’s Changing in the Mediterranean

Hundreds of dead and buildings collapsed: a magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit Turkey shortly after 2 am in Italy. There is talk of around two hundred victims, but the number is still provisional. The epicenter of the earthquake in Turkey was identified in Gaziantep province. Syria is also involved, where there is talk of around 100 victims. The earthquake was then also felt in other countries such as Lebanon, Greece, Cyprus and Israel: a lot of fear.

The main one was followed by other aftershocks, however very strong. A tsunami warning was issued which also affected Italy, with rail traffic suspended as a precaution in Sicily, Calabria and Puglia. Now, however, that danger seems to have diminished. In fact, the Civil Protection Department announced that the tsunami warning was revoked based on data processed by the Tsunami Warning Center

Alessandro Amato, from the Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, INGV, told RaiNews24: “”It was a big earthquake. It breaks a fault line of at least 15 kilometers and reaches the surface in many places. Consequences in the Mediterranean? There was a tsunami alert because very close to the coast, after a few minutes we saw sea level anomalies. We followed the data all night, but then the alarm came back”. Turkey and in particular the area affected by the earthquake, in the southern part of the country, is one of “the most seismic areas in Eurasia”, namely the East Anatolian Fault “Wherever major earthquakes occur – explains the expert – there will be aftershocks, a few dozen have already been recorded, the strongest being 6.7”.

Source: IL Tempo