Earthquakes in Muğla and the Mediterranean, Lowering Sea Level in Akyaka Alarm
Earthquakes in the Mediterranean and lowering of the sea level in Akyaka caused panic. When the sea level lowered approximately 30 m in Akyaka District in Muğla Province and due to recent earthquakes in the Mediterranean, people got into panic.
Prof. Dr. Övgün Ahmet Ercan, Geophysics Engineer, explained that lowering of the sea level does not mean that there will be an earthquake soon; however an earthquake over the magnitude of 7 is expected in the Mediterranean in the near future. Recent earthquakes, aftershocks and lowering of the sea level in the Mediterranean caused panic among residents in Akyaka for the last 2 days. Prof. Dr. Övgün Ahmet Ercan, Geophysics Engineer, noted that lowering of the sea level is generally related to the change of the wind direction on the mountains: “Land breezes may cause the sea level to lower. This type of nature events is common in the Mediterranean and Sea of Marmara. It is not necessarily related to earthquake but I expect a big earthquake in the Mediterranean in the near future.”
WARNING AGAINST A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE WITH A MAGNITUDE OF 7
Prof. Dr. Övgün Ahmet Ercan indicates that Girit-Rhodes-Fethiye faultline in the Mediterranean has been very active for the last 6 years and a major earthquake is expected in this area: “These earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.4 and 5.3 are the signs of a major earthquake. This earthquake will happen in 25-30 km deep. The magnitude may even be over 7 because earthquakes with magnitudes over 5 are the signs of a bigger earthquake.”