Possible earthquake in Istanbul to be less powerful, but cause more damage - expert
A Turkish expert who warned of the recent major earthquake in Maras is now issuing a similar warning for Turkey's most populous city, Istanbul.
Naci Gorur, an earthquake expert at the Turkish Academy of Sciences, said he expects a lower-magnitude earthquake in Istanbul, but anticipates greater damage.
In a recent interview with the Turkish news agency DHA, Gorur said the situation in Istanbul was not good at all
"I am as worried about Istanbul as I was about Maras three days ago," he said.
"All scientific research shows that the time has come for Istanbul. (After the 1999 Golcuk earthquake) it was said that an earthquake could be expected in about 30 years. Now that 23 years have passed, it is far-fetched. We expect a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Istanbul, but the damage would be greater than in Maras."
The seismologist suggested the establishment of a Ministry of Disasters.
"First, a disaster ministry should be established. It should be well funded and have the necessary infrastructure and coordination. A study should be conducted on microzonation," he said