Türkiye’s Marmara area, which is residence to the nation’s largest metropolis Istanbul, is among the finest monitored on this planet for seismic exercise, in response to a senior Catastrophe and Emergency Administration Authority (AFAD) official.
“Once we have a look at the seismicity and monitoring of the area, I can proudly say this: The Marmara area is maybe one of many best-monitored areas on this planet,” AFAD’s head of earthquake and danger discount Orhan Tatar instructed Demirören Information Company (DHA).
“I can say that it is among the finest areas the place seismic exercise is monitored in probably the most intense and efficient approach with totally different strategies,” he added.
Tatar stated that the AFAD at the moment has round 262 earthquake statement stations within the area, in addition to deep seismometer units in each the east and west of the Marmara Sea.
“In different phrases, now we have sensors positioned at a depth of roughly 300 meters (985 toes) underground and monitoring programs with totally different sensors at totally different depths that we place at each 100 meters,” Tatar stated.
“We now have some monitoring networks the place we are able to observe small crustal actions. Along with these, now we have various sensors, which we name pressure gauges, with which we are able to monitor the exercise on the fault that we expect will trigger this earthquake.”
Tatar stated the AFAD has an earthquake monitoring and analysis heart working 24/7 inside its earthquake division.
“That is actually a spot the place our nation’s pulse is saved and monitored by way of earthquakes,” he added. “We at the moment have 1,145 earthquake recording stations in our nation. This quantity will attain 1,185 by the tip of the yr, and we plan to extend this quantity to over 1,200 within the close to future. On this sense, our nation maybe has the most important seismic statement community in Europe.”
Tatar additionally spoke concerning the significance of intervention and evacuation points in a doable earthquake in Istanbul.
“Whereas preparations are being made in opposition to a doable earthquake in Istanbul, the AFAD, like all establishments of our state, continues its work intensively relating to Istanbul on points that fall inside its space of accountability,” Tatar stated. “One in every of these is the intervention side, the opposite is the evacuation difficulty, which is essential.”
Tatar stated that evacuation plans for Istanbul are “very wholesome and possible,” however they should be in a approach that can discover a response on the sector.
“On this regard, these research are being carried out intensively inside our AFAD Istanbul Provincial Directorate, along with all our stakeholders, particularly with all our establishments which might be stakeholders within the Türkiye Catastrophe Response Plan,” Tatar stated.