‘Istanbul earthquake’ warning from Kandilli Observatory Director… Announced the most vital measure.
It has been mobilized for Turkey, which has experienced one of the biggest earthquakes in the history of the world. While many countries stand by Turkey in this difficult period, the world press is reporting the developments in the cities affected by the earthquake to their readers moment by moment. The international news agency AFP, which closely follows the developments in the region, asked Professor Doctor Doğan Kalafat, Director of the Kandilli Observatory Earthquake Research Institute, ‘Is Istanbul ready for a major earthquake?’ posed the question. Kalafat announced the most urgent measure to be taken for Istanbul.
The eyes and ears of the world are in the news from the earthquake zone since yesterday…
The World is almost mobilized for Turkey. Many newspapers and televisions share the latest situation in the cities affected by the earthquake with their readers and viewers.
The International News agency AFP, which closely follows the developments in the region, asked Professor Doctor Doğan Kalafat, Director of the Kandilli Observatory Earthquake Research Institute, ‘Is Istanbul ready for a major earthquake?’ posed the question.
The following statements were included in the news that AFP served to its subscribers;
‘Istanbul is unfortunately a very big city with a lot of badly constructed buildings,’ said Kalafat, who condemned the use of low-quality cement and building on soft soils.’
The Earthquake expert said, ‘We should make good use of the time,’ and continued as follows;
‘We should build earthquake-resistant houses on solid ground. This is the most vital precaution to be taken.’
Underlining that they constantly watch earthquakes and tremors in the observatory, Kalafat said, ‘There have been 9 thousand aftershocks in Turkey since February 6th. This is 7-8 times what it should be,’ he said.
Stating that by 2030, the probability of an earthquake of 7 or more magnitudes to occur in the region is 65 percent, Kalafat also spoke about the early warning system.
“Istanbul is too close to the fault line for this system to work effectively,” Kalafat said.