Deadly Earthquake in Eastern Turkey
Will this be the last one to occur in the region?
Earthquakes are the result of shaking of the earth’s surface due to the sudden release of energy into the atmosphere. Recently there has been a deadly earthquake in eastern Turkey with a magnitude of 5.7 with its epicenter being in Iran.
At least 37 people were injured along with 9 confirmed causalities up till now are confirmed in Baskale, Van province, Turkey. The earthquake centered on the area situated on the Iranian border known as Habash-e Olya, which is 10 kilometers from the Turkish border. In the village, around 75 people were extremely injured.
There have been multiple house damages in 43 villages of Iran’s West province due to 2 aftershocks that followed the earthquake, but overall it was less severe in Iran as compared to Turkey. The first aftershock was around 4.3 magnitudes; with the second one followed around one and a half hours later in the same region with an increased magnitude of 6.0 and further 4 kilometers depth.
This deadly earthquake in eastern turkey struck at 9:23 in Iran and had a 6 KM depth. There has been much loss of lives along with construction sites, houses and various schools are also turned into mere debris due to the deadly earthquake in eastern Turkey, many individuals, including children got compressed and locked by the rubble of their own houses that were later rescued safely by the teams ordered by the government, and it is now confirmed that no one else is stuck under the pile of debris, all are out safe and sound.
Consequences of deadly earthquake in eastern turkey
There had also been another deadly earthquake in Eastern Turkey that happened last month also took a lot of lives with it. Around at least 31 people lost their lives, including rescue workers, and 1600 people got injured, in which many lost their homes in the quake.
The area has a large count of occurrences of earthquakes as both Turkey and Iran are situated on a major tectonic plate and see frequent seismic activities. In 1999, around seventeen thousand individuals died in turkey due to an earthquake, including 1000 people in the country’s capital city Istanbul. Iran’s deadliest earthquake was in 1990 when forty thousand people lost their lives.
In December and January, a major quake rocked the earth in Iran around its nuclear facility, which raised many questions by its neighboring countries about the reliability of its sole nuclear source. If any earthquake moved the area on which the nuclear plant is producing 1000 megawatt electricity every day, it could cause radiation leakage, which, if spread, can be a huge cause of a large number of deaths in a single area.
The government is taking major steps to resolve the issues caused by the deadly earthquake in eastern Turkey as many buildings, including houses and schools that turned to rubble. Reconstruction of people’s houses, schools, and various other buildings has been started that were affected due to the seismic activity.
There has also been major usage to concrete in the building materials used by the construction companies as that would highly reduce the chance of the structure falling again in the coming future and has the capacity to withstand a few earthquakes of moderate intensity. Schools are now having assembly points, and students are now being taught about the steps they should follow when under the threat of the earthquake again to reduce the risk of a large number of causalities.
Earthquakes are the part of nature, and we cannot do anything to stop the movement of the tectonic plates of the earth, but what we can do is to prevent the number of people affected along with reducing the cost that follows it and has likely happened due to the deadly earthquake in eastern Turkey and Iran.