February 4, 2020

The express discussion on earthquakes occurred in Turkey in January, 2020 was held in the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of ANAS. The specialists and representatives of relevant organizations of Azerbaijan, ANAS institutes, universities and the media took part in the event. Director of the IGG, academician Akif Alizadeh opened the event and said that on January 24, 2020, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck the Elazig province, collapsing buildings and killing at least 38 people. The academician stressed the importance of discussion of natural disasters causes and carrying out the studies in this direction.

Then the full member of ANAS Fakhraddin Kadirov provided the tectonic and geodynamic analyses of the Elazig earthquake. According to F.Kadirov, since 1998, the observations of the seismic activity of the Mediterranean countries based on GPS data have been made involving the scientists from 26 countries, including Azerbaijan.

F. Kadirov showed the map of Turkeys earthquakes and said that the Elazig quake was felt in Malatya and other neighboring cities. The scientist noted that currently developing faults are still being recorded, and earth shocks are regularly occurring in these regions.

General Director of the Republican Seismic Survey Center, corresponding member of ANAS Gurban Yetirmishli said that Elazig and other neighboring cities are located on the East Anatolian Fault and the earthquakes with a magnitude of 5 have often occurred here.

The scientist said that seismic activity was high last month, and noted that during January 165 earthquakes with magnitude greater than 5 were occurred worldwide. According to Yetirmishlin, more than 550 earthquakes with magnitude > 3 and 4 seismic shocks with magnitude more than 3 points were recorded in Azerbaijan (in January). He noted the necessity of seismic risk assessment in building and town planning.

Then F. Kadirov and G. Yetirmishli answered numerous questions of the participants and also noted the importance to increase the public knowledge about earthquakes.

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