According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), the earthquake was located at a depth of only two kilometers. “These are aftershocks along the Anatolian fault line, not new isolated earthquakes,” said Dr. Ovgun Ahmet Erkan, a Turkish geoscientist.
Meanwhile, the Greek edition of Ta Nea claims that the most powerful earthquake in its history could strike Greece, stronger than Syria and Turkey. On social media, Turkish geologist Naji Gorur, who predicted a natural disaster two weeks ago, said a group of his fellow scientists expected earthquakes of this magnitude in Hatay and Adana, Turkey.
“However, it happened in Kahramanmaras. We have to be careful in Adana and Cyprus.” Mehmet Kokum, an assistant professor of geology at Turkey’s Elazig University, said more than 5,000 aftershocks have struck the Middle East region since February 6. “It’s quite expected. Aftershocks last from several months to several years,” he told Al Jazeera.