The 2023 Türkiye-Syria earthquake

On the 6th of February 2023 at 04:17 TRT a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck southern Türkiye and north-western Syria. As of this writing the quake has killed over 50,000 people, with over 120,000 injured, the great majority of them in Tűrkiye. There have been over 2100 aftershocks, with over 230 of those registering M4.0 or higher. Regional support was swift to Syria, with Russian troops still stationed in Syria aiding in rescue and relief efforts, not so much in Tűrkiye. More than 80 countries have offered material aid and assistance. Absent from those 80 were Western nations until very recently. The chart is rather interesting for several reasons. The quake is already having geopolitical effects, too. For more, read on… Continue reading “The 2023 Türkiye-Syria earthquake”

The 2020 Samos quake

At 11:51:27 UT, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck off the coast of the Greek island of Samos in the Dodecanese islands off the coast of Turkey. As of now there have been 2 dead and 19 injured reported in Greece and 25 dead and 804 injured in Turkey. The Turkish city of Izmir was the hardest-hit by the quake with extensive damage reported. Since the quake occurred in coastal waters, it spurred a tsunami, with social media posts showing water rushing through the streets in several coastal regions. The quake was the result of normal faulting at a shallow coastal depth. The area is prone to earthquakes and lies along the fault line between the Anatolian and Aegean Sea plates. Continue reading “The 2020 Samos quake”

Report on the 2018 Sulawesi quake

On 28 Sep 18 at 6:02 PM local time, a shallow Mag. 7.5 earthquake hit the Minahasa region of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, causing a tsunami that to date has taken the lives of 384 people. The great majority of the casualties were in the city of Palu, which is on the coast near the epicenter of the quake. Palu has a population of over 300,000 people and is a popular tourist destination. It lies at the end of a narrow bay, which intensified the effect of the tsunami. Residents reported waves as high as three meters (9 ft), confirmed by video evidence. The chart is below. See the bigger chart to follow details: Continue reading “Report on the 2018 Sulawesi quake”