AFAD is a Part of Turkey’s First Earthquake Research in National Waters
Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) will be involved both in coordination and application of the first earthquake research in national waters project initiated under the leadership of Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ) and the support of TÜBİTAK. A research team from different agencies and universities will work on the project that will research the fault zone which caused an earthquake measuring 6.6 in İzmir in October 2020. TÜBİTAK MAM vessel playing host to 11 people scientific research team including a geophysics engineer from AFAD will sail off from the İzmir Port on May 31.
AFAD is taking an active part in the “Project for Defining Active Tectonic Characteristics of Seismicity of Fault Lines by Using High Definition Sea Bottom Measures at the Kuşadası Gulf '' participated by three agencies and four universities. The research team of the project aiming at drawing a map by defining characteristics of fault lines ranging from land to sea in the aftermath of the İzmir Earthquake started their 10 day long expedition. Geophysics engineer from AFAD Bahar Türkyılmaz is a part of the scientific research team and AFAD Earthquake Department Chairman Dr. Murat Nurlu is among the officials who attended the send-off ceremony.
AFAD will be present both in the coordination and application of the project
The project will be carried out by Dokuz Eylül University, İstanbul University, İTÜ and ODTÜ under the coordination of AFAD, Turkish Naval Forces Office of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography (SHOD), and TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (MAM). AFAD is a part of both the coordination and application process of the project which will be a pilot study in earthquake studies in the Aegean Sea. The research team will collect data and take cathode samples from the sea bottom of Kuşadası Gulf and environs in order to study characteristics and active tectonic features of the fault lines.
40 People Will Work in the 2 Year Long Project
After the evaluation of data obtained from the first expedition, there will be a more comprehensive second expedition. The first expedition will focus on detailed research of fault lines which have the potential to produce earthquakes and second expedition will mainly deal with seismology of Kuşadası Gulf. In addition to the research team founded for the first expedition, 17 researchers from stakeholder agencies will work in the second expedition.
Large Attendance in the Send-off Ceremony
Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih KACIR, TÜBİTAK Chairman Prof. Dr. Hasan MANDAL, İstanbul University Rector Prof. Dr. Mahmut AK, 9 Eylül University Rector Prof. Dr. Nükhet HOTAR, TUBİTAK MAM Chairman Dr. Osman OKUR and Deputy Chairwoman Assistant Prof. Dr. Burcu ÖZSOY; AFAD Earthquake Department Chairman Dr. Murat NURLU, groups chairpersons Meltem TÜRKOĞLU and Teoman KÖKSAL, AFAD İzmir Provincial Director Kartal MUHCI and reporters attended the send-off ceremony of the research ship.
AFAD Plans to Carry Out Detailed Studies About Fault Lines in All Seas of the Country
In addition to project in Kuşadası, AFAD plans to carry out detailed studies in 3 seas surrounding our country. Approximately, a year ago, AFAD cooperated with some agencies and universities such as ODTÜ, TÜBİTAK, TPAO, MTA, SHOD, MAPEG and İTÜ in an effort to observe the rise in the number of earthquakes and the state of the fault lines. These studies will focus on detailed observation of fault lines in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas that trigger earthquakes. Results will be shared with the academic circles and is expected to make important contributions to the reduction of damages caused by earthquakes.