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Expert warns of magnitude 9 earthquake in Turkey

Christian Fernsby |
A Turkish expert said that the major earthquake expected in the Marmara region will likely take place in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ rather than Istanbul.

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“The destructive power of the Tekirdağ earthquake will be equal to magnitude 9,” geophysics engineer Övgün Ahmet Ercan told Demirören News Agency (DHA) on the sidelines of a panel in the Marmara Ereğlisi district of Tekirdağ on Thursday.

Ercan emphasized that Edirne and Kırklareli provinces, Tekirdağ’s western neighbors, are the safest places in terms of the earthquake, while the districts of Ergene, Şarköy and Marmara Ereğlisi are the most dangerous areas where construction should not be allowed.

Experts say all forecasts and fault line movements point to an inevitable earthquake of at least 7.0 magnitude.

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