Japanese earthquake expert Moriwaki warns 3 regions

Earthquake expert Yoshinori Moriwaki said that a three-meter-high tsunami could generally occur after possible earthquakes in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Marmara Seas.

Speaking at the panel organized by Erciyes University at the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism Cultural Center, Yoshinori said that the North Anatolian Fault Line is one of the largest fault lines in the world, starting from Indonesia and Malaysia and going to India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain.


Stating that a tsunami may also occur after a possible earthquake, Yoshinori said:

“If you ask where the earthquake could happen, it could be primarily in the south of Cyprus. If there is an earthquake in the sea, there may also be a tsunami. For example, when you shake a glass, a small wave will occur, but when you shake a big bucket, the wave will be bigger. That is why tsunamis are big in earthquakes in Japan. The biggest earthquake in the world happened in Chile. There was nothing in Japan at that moment, but 23 hours later we received a 5-7 meter high tsunami. In the Mediterranean, Aegean and Marmara Seas, we can say that a one meter high tsunami can occur in general. If there is slippage with the earthquake in some deep parts of the sea, it can be 3 meters high.”

Referring to the earthquakes in Kayseri, Yoshinori reminded that there were earthquakes in 1717 and 1835 in the city, which is a 3rd degree earthquake zone. Yoshinori noted that Kayseri, which has a fault line, is luckier than cities such as Istanbul and Izmir.

Erciyes University Rector Prof. Dr. Fatih Altun stated that the earthquake should always be taken into consideration, not only on the anniversary.

Pointing out the importance of how to behave during an earthquake, Altun said:

“We need to develop our children and young people for a possible earthquake scenario and inform them about what to do in case of an emergency by conducting drills from primary school and even kindergarten about how we should act in case of an earthquake. We need to keep them always warm. If possible, these rehearsals can be held once a month. As a university, we want to realize a new hospital project. We will build a hospital with an isolator. One of the biggest advantages of this is not that we are afraid of earthquakes, but to ensure that a possible surgery service continues without interruption during an earthquake.”

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