The head of the civil engineering department at Inonu University in Malatya in Turkey, Talha Sarigi, on Friday, predicted a dangerous and large earthquake in the country.
He said, “The East Anatolian fault line is capable of causing an earthquake with a magnitude between 6.5 and 8 on the Richter scale, and thus we expect a very large earthquake, which we have not seen in 100 years”.
He added: “The region is located on one of the most active fault lines, and the reason for these earthquakes is that there is energy that accumulates between the fault lines during this movement, and there are fears that this energy will explode leaving the earthquake, and since we are going through these rupture stages now, earthquakes are happening actively in our region”.
Turkey has recently been witnessing many earthquakes due to earthquakes below 5 degrees, but it witnessed an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 last January, causing severe damage, and the displacement of thousands of people there.
It is reported, that an earthquake measuring 4.5 degrees on the Richter scale struck on Friday, the Turkish state of Malatya.
The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management directory stated in a statement that “the earthquake occurred in the morning in Hakim Khan district in the state”.
The statement added, “The depth of the earthquake reached 7.21 km underground”.
There was no immediate information on the registration of human or material losses due to the earthquake.