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The focal mechanism and surface faulting indicate predominately right-lateral slip of 1.

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Four days after the 7. This article was most recently revised and updated by Amy Tikkanen , Corrections Manager. The fault segment to the east of the Marmara Sea ruptured in a pair of earthquakes in shown in red and purple. McKenzie, D. Its epicentre was about 7 miles 11 km southeast of ─░zmit. The Marmara Sea, shown with recent bathymetric mapping, is a seismic gap with an increased risk of an earthquake. Aircraft were called in to douse the flames with foam.

Another large city badly affected by the earthquake is Adapazari, which is located North-East from the Sapanca Lake. Both its relatively long duration 44 minutes and the fact that it emitted a highly distinctive signal are encouraging factors.

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The lack of events within the Anatolian plate attests to the low level of internal deformation in this area, and the nature of strike-slip faulting along the North Anatolian right-lateral and East Anatolian left-lateral faults are consistent with westward motion and counterclockwise rotation of Anatolia relative to Eurasia.

These results also quantify strain partitioning and crustal shortening in eastern Turkey and the Caucasus, fault-slip rates on the main, active faults, and partitioning between seismic and aseismic deformation. Modeling the effects of the earthquakes on the stress field by the USGS shows that they increased the stress red in figure on the next fault segment which is next to Istanbul.

However, offset markers only show half the expected motion. Toksoz, M. It continued right up until the earthquake, with steadily increasing intensity.

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Officials feared an explosion if the fire was not contained soon. The northward motion of Arabia results in continental collision along the Bitlis-Zagros fold and thrust belt, intense earthquake activity Fig. It was caused by a strike-slip fault that separates the Anatolian plate, which is moving westwards, from the eastward-moving Eurasian plate, and was one of the best-recorded large earthquakes in the world. The course of the fault between the Sapanca Lake and the Izmit Bay can also be easily identified in the center of the image. This is of more than academic interest, because the details of coseismic slip distribution are critical for estimating future earthquake hazards in the Marmara region i. For the first time, researchers from CNRS, Kandilli Observatory Istanbul and the Tubitak research center observed that the earthquake was preceded by a preparatory phase that lasted 44 minutes before the rupture of the fault. The basins and highs also preserve layers of sediment that record the history of the Marmara Sea. The Marmara Sea, shown with recent bathymetric mapping, is a seismic gap with an increased risk of an earthquake. This estimate is made by assuming that all motion of Anatolia is accommodated by slip on the North Anatolian fault, which serves as the primary boundary between Anatolia and Eurasia. Ozalaybey, J. The leading edge of the African plate is being subducted along the Hellenic trench at a higher rate than the relative northward motion of the African plate, requiring that the trench moves southward relative to Eurasia proper e. Since , a team of CNRS researchers, in collaboration with Turkish seismologists, has been studying this earthquake-prone region. They detected a highly distinctive seismic signal that had never been previously observed, just before the fault ruptured. Most seismic and multibeam data acquisition has been concentrated in the deeper northern half of the Marmara Sea, in part, because of difficulty of obtaining good quality data in the shallow southern shelf.

Below: Multibeam bathymetry of the deep water parts of the Marmara Sea. The fault segment to the east of the Marmara Sea ruptured in a pair of earthquakes in shown in red and purple.

Izmit earthquake 1999

Although this was predicted by theory and by laboratory experiments, it had never been demonstrated until now. Karabulut, M.

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Reilinger, R. The quake involved predominantly right-lateral, strike-slip motion on a vertical fault plane Harvard CMT Fig. Armijo, R. Barka, A. On the basis of the history of major earthquakes along the North Anatolian fault, Toksoz et al. The Izmit earthquake thus began with the slow slip of the fault at the base of the brittle part of Earth's crust, at a depth of around 15 kilometers. Detecting it in other earthquakes might make it possible to predict some types of earthquakes several tens of minutes before fault rupture.
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Izmit Earthquake and Marmara Sea