A Possible Tsunami
The Assistant Professor Dr. Nihat Dipova, from the Mediterranean University Construction Engineering Department, indicated that the Mediterranean is the first degree seismic zone and a major earthquake may cause a tsunami as the current fault lines run perpendicular to the sea in the region.
The Assistant Professor Dr. Nihat Dipova, from the Mediterranean University Construction Engineering Department explained the recent earthquake with the intensity of 5.5 is normally a destructive earthquake but it has not devastated the region since the fault lines are on a deeper level.
Dipova said the Western Mediterranean is a first degree seismic zone and a tsunami is possible because of the fact that the fault lines run perpendicular to the sea in the region.
An earthquake with an intensity of 5.5 at 6th kilometre southwest of Demre District, Kaleüçağız Village in Antalya caused panic. After the earthquake, the people of Demre spent the night on the streets and then returned their homes. According to the data of the Boğaziçi University Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, Regional Earthquake-Tsunami Monitoring and Evaluation Centre, the earthquake was at the 6th kilometre of the southwest of Demre District Kaleüçağız Village measured at 00.27 and in the depth of 19.8. Kandilli announced 9 different aftershocks were recorded after this earthquake. The Directorate of Disaster and Emergency Alert Earthquake Research Department announced that the number of aftershocks was over 10.
“IT WAS A DESTRUCTIVE EARTHQUAKE BUT DID NOT DEVASTATE AS IT WAS DEEPER THAN THE SURFACE”
Dipova points out that the faultlines running perpendicular to Island Meis are linear and continues on the land as well. Dipova noted an earthquake happened near Kekova-Üçağız and said, “It is a faultline with no connection to Antalya City Centre. This is an important earthquake that may affect Mavikent, Kumlucu, Demre, Kaş and Kalkan. The latest earthquake did not devastate and damage much because it was deeper than the surface. Normally, an earthquake with an intensity of 5.2 is a devastating earthquake and it would cause serious damage even if it was on the surface. However, there have been earthquakes with the intensities over 6 on the same fault map. If it was closer to the surface, it would cause serious damage.”
Dipova stated that this faultline did not affect Antalya city centre directly and would not trigger a major earthquake.
“IT MAY CAUSE A TSUNAMI”
Dipova reminded that they had analysed the fault line in the region and this fault line might cause a major earthquake. Dipova said, “It may cause a tsunami as well. It reaches to the depth of 3 km in the sea. One of the deepest areas of the Mediterranean is this faultline. This is the real earthquake zone. This is a first degree seismic zone on the map and same as the Northern Anatolia. They have the same risk. It starts from Kemer. Kaş-Kalkan does not have the same risk but are located on the first degree seismic zone. The entire coastal line is the first degree earthquake zone.”