Which areas belong to earthquake areas in Turkey?


Turkey is a geography where continents meet. It's a country where Earthquakes happen due to millions of years of friction & the triggering of the Arabian Plate in the south, the Adana Plate in the west & the Anatolian Plate in the north. Anyone considering   buying a home in Turkey may have some questions on the subject of Earthquake.  We will now answer these questions. But before I start, I want to mention one thing that it's quite easy to get news these days & available from anywhere in the world. In addition to news channels, people create their own infor-mation system by communicating with each other via social media.

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The scale that the advertising & marketing industry has now reached is happening, but of course sometimes in an unbelievable way. The last point is Information pollution, i.e. incorrect information or “fake news”. I want to remind you again, assuming you're aware of the heading. So-metimes we make more generalizations than necessary. An Incident of cannibalism that once took place in a small tribe of Africa, a attribute to the whole continent? Of course, for-profit films lure and rating it plays the audience to the screen. But what people remember is that there are actual man-eating cannibal tribes in Africa. To put it another way, we can think of geographic places as if they were equal places, since when writing the names of geographic places we always use the same fonts. For example, the Russian Federation is eight times bigger like turkey. The geography of Konya, one of the 81 provinces in Turkey, is big like the Netherlands.  

Now I want to talk about the earthquakes, the fault lines, urbanization and the impact of the earthquake on the geography of Turkey.  As I mentioned at the beginning of our article, Turkey is a country that is used to it & we must live with earthquakes. The destructive effect of earthquakes is related to the increasing population growth in places where faults have progressed over the history of earthquakes to be felt even more. Turkey has two active earthquake fault lines. The lines along which the fault lines run have been declared a first degree seismic belt. The places near these lines will be officially declared a second degree seismic belt. There are five zones related to the destructive eff-ects of the earthquake. The regions with the lowest seismic risk and furthest from the fault lines removed as 5th region shown in white. Abo-ut 2% of Turkey falls in this group. Low-risk areas are shown in light yellow on the map. This areas can tremble, but have no destructive effect. The fourth & fifth areas are the regions from the city center of Mersin to Antalya, here the Taseli Plate. The northern border of this region is formed by the provinces of Karaman & Konya. The coastal and tourism regions such as Alanya, Side, Anamur, Gazipasa, Silifke, Manavgat are located in those regions where the seismic effect is lowest.  The active North Anatolian fault line produces major earthquakes. This fault line in particular runs under the city of Istanbul, after the big Marmara earthquake in 1999 Turkey introduced new laws and regulations for the construction of earthquake-proof structures throughout Turkey. There have been a number of precautions taken to mitigate the damage to the city of Istanbul and the surrounding areas & industrial cities as low as possible.

Unfortunately, on February 6, 2023, in the provinces Kahramanmaras, Hatay, Urfa, Adıyaman, Osmaniye, Gaziantep, Malatya, Adana and Diyarbakır an earthquake, the big one impacted major damage and loss of life, one of the greatest land-based earthquake of the century in Turkey.  The effects of this earthquake were also very strong in neighboring Syria.  Two large earthquakes with magnitudes 7.7 and 7.6 occu-red on Thursday. The most striking characteristic of the earthquake is that it took place very close to the surface and occurred on a 300 km long fault line.  Unfortunately, this earthquake, which averaged 100 seconds, even exceeding what scientists had predicted. This fault line separating the Arabian Plate & the Adana Plate, generates very calm small earthquakes, makes an annual slip of 5 mm.  The last earthquake these plates have shifted three meters to the west, makes both the duration and the strength of the earthquake high. Historian research of the earthquake in that region shared the earthquakes with the public that occurred during the Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman periods  Corres-ponding to this situation, there were two major earthquakes in the same region, one in the 200s and 1500s after Jesus.

The impact of the earthquake on the Turkish economy:

Of course, earthquakes are natural events. The action of earthquakes creates many underground riches and land-forms form. Accordingly Earthquakes also have positive sides for the earth. Unfortunately, the negative effects of earthquake are bad. The first of these is the high loss of people.  This shows that the bad effects of the earthquake can be prevented, it is only when we are prepared for an earthquake that we can deal with its many negatives & eliminate the effects. Earthquake  preparedness consists of enduring roads and cities to create and to prepare for a possible earthquake. Earthquake drills and logistical preparation must become more important. In addition, anyone who is bu-ying a house in Turkey, must have earthquake insurance. That in this Money collected from the insurance system & is held in an earthquake fund and the Homeowners who are damaged by the earthquake situations funds are paid out of this. Citizens of other countries who want to buy a house in Turkey from their preferences based on the earthquake maps that have already been drawn up internationally. That's how they steer their decisions.

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