TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Ship was sent off from Izmir for an earthquake research expedition – News

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TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Ship left İzmir Port for the first sea research expedition within the scope of the studies of the Turkey Earthquake Platform created under the coordination of TÜBİTAK.

TUBITAK Marmara The Research Ship was created under the coordination of TÜBİTAK. Turkey Earthquake For the first sea research expedition within the scope of the platform İzmir He left his harbor.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır, President of TÜBİTAK Hasan Mandal and scientists sent off the ship.

Making a statement before the ship’s departure, Deputy Minister Kacır stated that researchers from different universities participated in the expedition as part of the “Project for Determining the Active Tectonic Characteristics of the Seismicity of the Faults in the Kuşadası Bay with High Resolution Seabed Measurements”.

Noting that the expedition will last 10 days, Kacır stated that the earthquake faults in the Kuşadası region will be investigated.

Kacır also emphasized that the project is the first marine research project in the field of earthquakes to be realized entirely with national resources.

Pointing out that earthquakes are experienced intensely in Turkey, Kacır said:

“We are trying to support researchers working in different universities working in the same field in our country in our recent studies at TÜBİTAK. We have observed the latest examples by bringing together nearly 500 researchers in nearly 20 scientific research projects within the scope of the Kovid-19 platform. “We bring together scientists from different universities in these expeditions. This time, our researchers from Istanbul University, Istanbul Technical University, Middle East Technical University and Dokuz Eylul University will carry out this research with the contributions of AFAD and our Naval Forces.”

Stating that scientists who continue their studies in geology, geophysics and underwater research will come together with this study, Kacır said, “I hope that the scientific outputs that will be obtained as a result of this time will be shared on international platforms and thus our country’s competence in these fields will have the chance to be examined and observed on all international platforms. We will continue these studies for about 2 years after the expedition and we will continue to contribute to the scientific studies of our country in terms of earthquake preparedness.” used the phrases.

A team of 40 people will work

TÜBİTAK President Hasan Mandal said that the expedition will be carried out day and night in both Turkish territorial waters and international waters.

Explaining that the traces of earthquakes on land are well followed, but there is not enough information about the traces in the sea, Mandal noted that they aim to have the desired level of information with the project.

Mandal stated that 40 people took part in the project and said, “Our country’s work in this field will now be provided by the data produced by our own country, not from other country resources, and a scientific-based study will be carried out so that we are much more ready for future earthquakes.” he said.

Mandal, “Will there be a joint work with Greece in this project?” He said the following on the question:

“As a matter of fact, we took this offer to them after the Izmir earthquake on October 30. Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs also gave all its contribution in this regard, but unfortunately the Greek authorities could not take a quick action in this regard within the scope of the pandemic process. We wanted a cooperation, they from the process newsnarrow but unfortunately they did not reach. Otherwise, we wanted them to be on this ship.”

Project goal

With the project, it is aimed to collect high-resolution bathymetric and geophysical data sets to investigate the characteristics and active tectonic features of the faults extending from the land to the Kuşadası Bay, and to collect core samples to determine the geological traces of the past earthquakes on these faults on the sea floor.

After the evaluation of the data obtained as a result of the first expedition, more comprehensive preparations for the second expedition will begin. The earthquake generation potentials of the faults mapped in the first expedition will be determined in detail, and the seismicity of Kuşadası Bay will be clarified with the second expedition.

Source: Anadolu Agency / Halil Şahin


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