Earthquakewise: “Time is up for Istanbul”

In a Hurriyet news, it is reported that

ODTU teaching faculty members and member of the National Earthquake Council, Professor Haluk Sucuoglu, has commented on the possibility that a large earthquake soon faces Istanbul. Professor Sucuoglu has noted that a full 240 years have passed since the 1766 earthquake which caused enormous damage in Istanbul, asserting that this was another sign that the North Marmara fault lines were ready to spring back into action.

Because of recent quakes around Istanbul, experts have the opportunity to voice their concerns. However, not all experts claim for such a nightmare scenario; there are diverse ideas and as far as I observe, Istanbulites themselves are not in a state of panic.

1 Comment so far

  1. ARK (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

    We here in Los Angeles are in the SAME situation. It’s been 250 years since the last BIG ONE. “Any Day” they say.

    Well….today, it’s a nice day in Los Angeles. Sunny and cool.

    For Los Angeles, snow is as rare as the BIG ONE. I understand that Istanbul does have snow some time.

    I’ve been reading Black Book by Orhan Pamuk and Istanbul sounds like a great city to visit. Maybe some day.

    All the best wishes from LA.

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