2 EARTHQUAKES IN THE SEA OF MARMARA 3 MINUTES APART

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Revised May, 2024 – Resource, Turkey iResidence, Foreigner Residence Services.
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2 EARTHQUAKES IN THE SEA OF MARMARA 3 MINUTES APART

Occuring on December 4th 2023 at 10:42 and 10:45 hrs, it was felt in many provinces, including Istanbul… Prof. Dr. Warning from Naci Görür: Gemlik’s place is very dangerous

Two earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.1 and 4.5 occurred in the Sea of Marmara, the Gulf of Gemlik. The earthquakes were felt in Istanbul, Kocaeli, Bursa, Sakarya, Yalova, Çanakkale and many cities. Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced that 13 aftershocks occurred after the earthquake and a total of 3 buildings were damaged in Istanbul and Bursa. Mudanya Mayor Hayri Turkyilmaz told CNN TURK, “I recommend not to stop at the moment, especially in buildings built before the 99 earthquake, they need to be careful. Do not stay at home unless it is necessary.” he called. Prof. Dr. Naci Görür drew attention to the point where the earthquake occurred. Görür, ‘I guess during the 1999 earthquakes, he suffered stress loss. The location of this city of ours is very dangerous and it is directly on the Gemlik fault.’ said.

According to the information provided by AFAD, two earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.1 and 4.5 occurred in the Sea of Marmara, Gemlik Gulf at 10:42 and 10:45. The depth of the earthquake was announced as 8.98 km. The earthquakes were felt in Istanbul, Kocaeli, Bursa, Yalova, Sakarya, Çanakkale and many cities. 

Find out more about the history of earthquakes in Turkey here.

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IT WAS FELT SERIOUSLY IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS

Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktas, who said that the earthquake shook very seriously, said, “It shook very seriously. It was felt seriously even in low-rise buildings. There are no negatives. In a panic, phones are being opened to my centers, but there is no question of any destruction. It felt serious in high-rise buildings. At the same time, our friends contacted the relevant units. We are one of the ambitious municipalities in terms of urban transformation in Turkey, but there are still necessary buildings. Those who have the opportunity to convert definitely need to enter urban transformation without paying rent from here,” he said.

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EVERYONE THREW THEMSELVES OUT

Gemlik Mayor Mehmet shared the hot developments after the earthquake. President Sertaslan said, “Thank God, we hope we survived. It was quite felt, all the streets were filled. Everyone threw themselves out anxiously. At the moment of the earthquake, everyone was running away, went out on the street. we are in contact with our 35 neighborhood headmen. There are no records of damage that have arrived so far. There doesn’t seem to be a problem so far.” he used his expressions.

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13 AFTERSHOCKS OCCURRED

Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya, who said that 13 aftershocks of different magnitudes occurred after the earthquake, the largest of which was 4.5 magnitude, explained the latest developments as follows:

In Istanbul, Bursa and other surrounding provinces; As of now, there is no negative situation as a result of evaluating the notifications received to 112 together with field surveys conducted with AFAD, Gendarmerie, Security, UMKE Teams and other officials.

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CRACKS HAVE FORMED IN 3 BUILDINGS

Istanbul, Esenler 1, Küçükçekmece 1 A notification has been received that there is a building crack and the teams of the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization have been sent to the relevant addresses.

Bursa, Mudanya, has been notified that there is a crack in 1 house and the teams of the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization have been sent to the relevant addresses. 2 of our citizens have fallen down the stairs and there is no negative situation related to their health.

We continue to closely follow the developments. I offer my best wishes to the citizens affected by the earthquake. May Allah protect our country and our nation from disasters.

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MUDANYA CITY HALL WAS DAMAGED, THE STAFF WAS EVACUATED

In the 5.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred off the Mudanya district of Bursa, the district municipality building was also damaged. Cracks have formed in the decals of the city hall, which is among the risky buildings in the district. Municipal staff have been evacuated. It was learned that the work of technical teams continues in the closed municipal building.

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EXAMINATION OF THE CRACKED BUILDING IN KÜÇÜKÇEKMECE

The teams of the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization carried out an investigation in the cracked building in Küçükçekme, Istanbul.

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THE 5.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE WAS ALSO FELT IN ISTANBUL

In Istanbul, Kartal Soğanlık New Neighborhood, Atatürk Street, citizens who felt the earthquake were seen to go out on the street.

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WE TOOK OUR PRECAUTIONS BY GOING OUTSIDE

Emirhan Oruç, who works at the jewelry store, said, “We felt a big shake while lining up the display case. At that moment we looked directly outside. They came out because they felt it in people. We also took our precautions by going out. There was a little fear after the Maraş earthquake. I am also a Hero, I know what happened more or less,” he said.

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BUILDINGS BUILT BEFORE THE 99 EARTHQUAKE SHOULD NOT BE STOPPED

Mudanya Mayor Hayri Turkyilmaz’s statements, speaking to CNN TURK, are as follows:

Let’s get past all of us. We’re all out there at the moment, trying to do our due diligence. There doesn’t seem to be a negative situation, people’s fear is on the line. We’re trying to reach our friends. We will immediately set up a crisis desk and scan the entire Mudanya.

At the moment, I recommend not to stop especially in buildings built before the 99 earthquake, they need to be careful. Do not stay at home unless it is necessary.

there is a risk in buildings built before the 99 earthquake. We have also started a study on this. It’s about urban renewal and renewal. From that point of view, I think that these buildings should not stop at least for today, should not stop until the investigations are carried out.

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THE FIRST STATEMENT MADE BY AFAD

AFAD: There is no negative situation as of now after the earthquakes of magnitude 5.1 and 4.5 that occurred in the Marmara Sea, Gemlik Gulf (off Bursa Mudanya). Field screening studies are ongoing. Our teams are on alert. We offer our best wishes to the affected citizens.

BURSA GOVERNOR: There is no problem in our Bursa. There is no notification coming to us of any kind. We are in contact with our mayors, teams. We see that our citizens are calm. Fortunately, we are not facing a serious problem.

We have had children who are scared at schools. The number of schools that have been evacuated is very small. We can’t say anything right now about the school holidays for tomorrow.

MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE: I convey my best wishes to all our citizens affected by the earthquake that occurred off the Sea of Marmara, Gemlik and was also felt in the surrounding provinces. May the Lord protect our country from all kinds of disasters

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, URBANISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE: I convey my best wishes to our citizens due to the 5.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred in the Gemlik Bay and was felt in Bursa, Istanbul and the surrounding provinces. Our Provincial Directorate teams have started their work in the field. My Lord, please protect our country from all kinds of disasters.

DEPUTY MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE: There are no negativity affecting communication in general. We are seeing an increase in our mobile voice traffic exceeding 300 percent compared to normal time, and this increase continues. In order for communication to be maintained decently, it is very important that we make internet-based calls and use SMS during such intense periods.”

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IMAMOĞLU: THERE IS NO NEGATIVE SITUATION THAT HAS REACHED US SO FAR

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu, who made a statement about the 5.1 magnitude earthquake centered on Gemlik, which was also felt in Istanbul, said, “May you pass on to all our provinces affected by the 5.1 magnitude earthquake centered on Gemlik, also in Istanbul. There is no negative situation that has reached us so far in Istanbul, we are following up,” he said.

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THE EARTHQUAKE STRENGTH WAS EQUAL TO 30 EARTHQUAKES AT 4-MAGNITUDE

Speaking to CNN TURK, Prof. Dr. The explanations of Şükrü Ersoy are as follows:

There is another fault zone passing through Gemlik, passing to the south of Lake Iznik. Earthquakes here can also produce large earthquakes. It matters which floor you are on and what kind of building you are in. There is no such thing as you won’t feel when you are away. As a matter of fact, it’s not far away.

An earthquake of magnitude 5 corresponds to the energy of about 30 earthquakes of magnitude 4. Therefore, if the ground is bad, those in Gemlik felt bad. it is not possible for a magnitude 5 earthquake to trigger a larger earthquake. Information pollution is spreading on social media.

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THERE ARE MANY FAULT LINES IN THE REGION

Earthquake specialist Prof. Dr. Okan Tuysuz used the following statements about the earthquake that occurred with a magnitude of 5.1:

Some of the thousands of earthquakes due to this geological structure produce an earthquake every tens of thousands of years. This is a situation completely related to the geological structure of the region.

There have also been earthquakes in the Gemlik gulf in the past. There are significant earthquakes along the line extending from Bandırma. There are many fault branches in the region. If this given location is correct, there have been no major earthquakes here for a very long time.

The issue of how many earthquakes it produces every year for the fault is somewhat controversial. The earthquakes we see on the North Anatolian fault occur at similar depths. Its shallowness leads to its being felt on the surface.

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BECAUSE THE EARTHQUAKE IS SMALL, ITS DURATION IS ALSO SHORT

Speaking to CNN TURK, Prof. Dr. Suleyman Pampal, on the other hand, stated that a 5.1 earthquake is normal for the region. Pampal continued his remarks as follows:

It is extremely normal for this region. The North Anatolian fault forks around Gölyaka. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that turned to the south happened in 1953. The East and West have drained the energy, but there is a fault in the middle that can create an earthquake on the yen.

The faults that will cause such earthquakes in the region are broken. We are waiting for an earthquake. a 5.1 earthquake is not an earthquake to be upset about. The issue of preparing structures for earthquakes is important. The urban transformation law is being transformed. We must work quickly to prepare the earthquake area. Since the earthquake is small, its duration is also short.

Precursor earthquakes are earthquakes that are rare. Istanbul and remote areas will not feel the aftershocks. There is no room for worries that there will be a bigger earthquake after this. There will continue to be aftershocks and it will not exceed 4.1. It’ll go on for a while.

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NACI GÖRÜR: THE PLACE OF THIS CITY OF OURS IS VERY DANGEROUS

Prof. Dr. Naci Görür drew attention to the point where the earthquake occurred in the share he made from his social media account. Naci Görür used the following expressions:

Friends, there was a 5.1 earthquake a little off Mudanya Kumyaka, Bursa. This earthquake has obviously alarmed a lot of people. The earthquake is probably in the part of the Zeytinbağı Fault within the Gemlik Bay. This fault is part of the southern branch of the CAF. The southern arm is a fault zone that moves slowly but accumulates stress. during the 1999 earthquakes, I guess he suffered stress loss. We are now waiting for the earthquake on the north arm. I don’t see any problems at the moment, but this residential area should be made earthquake resistant by taking precautions in Gemlik. The location of this city of ours is very dangerous and it is directly on the Gemlik fault.

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FOR EDUCATION IN ARMUTLU

After the 5.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred in the Sea of Marmara, education was suspended in primary and secondary schools in Armutlu district of Yalova today.

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