News of the WeekEARTHQUAKES

In Turkey, Havoc From a Falling-Domino Fault

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Science  27 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5432, pp. 1334-1335
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5432.1334

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Although seismologists could not have predicted when last week's magnitude 7.4 earthquake would strike northwestern Turkey, they had long expected it. The cataclysm was just the latest in a series of massive earthquakes that have marched along 1000 kilometers of the North Anatolian fault since 1939, the most recent being a magnitude 7.0 quake that struck in 1967. Seismologists say the quiet stretch of fault to the west, passing near the port of Izmit, was the obvious candidate for a future earthquake.