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2023-02-06, M7.8, M7.5, Turkey

On the 6th of February 2023 at 01:17:35 (UTC) an M7.8 earthquake occurred in South-Eastern Turkey (see map below). The event effected Turkey, Syria and surrounding areas. The earthquake struck 30 km WNW of Gaziantep, Turkey and 108 km NNW of Aleppo, Syria, both of which are densely populated areas. Several strong aftershocks have also been observed in the region, notably a magnitude M7.5 about 100km north of Gaziantep at 10:24:49 (UTC) the same day. Over five thousand deaths and many injured, largely due to building collapse, have been reported. The M7.8 and M7.5 earthquakes occurred at depths of 18km and 10km respectively. Such large, shallow earthquakes produce significant ground shaking.

For a radio interview on RTE Radio 1 titled “Why is Turkey so prone to earthquakes?” with Chris Bean, Head of Geophysics at DIAS follow this link: https://www.rte.ie/radio/radio1/clips/22208567/

Chris Bean also talked on The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk radio, the clip can be accessed here: https://www.insn.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/The-Paty-Kenny-Show-7th-Feb-2023-Chris-Bean.mp3

The event was recorded by seismic stations worldwide, including stations in the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), see figure below.

More information about the M7.8 earthquake is available at the following resources:

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us6000jllz

https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=1218444

Information about the M7.5 earthquake is available at these sites:

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us6000jlqa

https://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=1218771

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