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After the Kahramanmaraş earthquake… What are the chances of it recurring in the Middle East

The devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria, at dawn on Monday, revealed expectations that it will recur in the coming period in the Middle East region. As a result of the continued movement and sliding of the earth’s crust in northern Africa towards southwestern Europe and part of Asia.

Geological expert, Dr. Yahya Al-Qazzaz, explains to “Sky News Arabia” the causes of this earthquake, the expectations of its recurrence in the countries of the region, and what needs to be taken to limit the losses of the upcoming earthquake.

Hundreds of people were killed and injured in Turkish and Syrian cities, as a result of a devastating earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale that struck Kahramanmaraş in southern Turkey, at dawn on Monday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the death toll had risen to 912 dead and 5,383 injured, with more than 1,700 buildings collapsed as a result of the earthquake.

The Ministry of Health in neighboring Syria also confirmed that the death toll from the earthquake had risen to 237 and 639 injured, in the cities of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia.

Earthquakes and earthquakes are not rare phenomena in Turkey, as the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority figures indicate that more than 33,000 earthquakes occurred in 2020 alone, including 322 with a strength of more than 4 degrees on the Richter scale.

It is noteworthy that it reached with strong degrees towards neighboring Syria, and what this might mean in the future regarding its relationship with other surrounding countries.

How did the earthquake happen?

Geological expert, Dr. Yahya Al-Qazzaz, explains how and why the recent earthquake occurred, and the countries most likely to recur:

• Turkey, Morocco and Algeria are more prone to earthquakes, which is expected like the countries located in the Himalayan mountain belt.

• Turkey lies between two clashing plates, the North African plate and the Eurasian plate.

• When the two plates meet, earthquakes occur; As the continent of Africa moves towards southwest Europe and part of Asia.



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