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Satellites Show Turkey/Syria Earthquake Opened Massive 300km Fissure

samedi 11 février 2023, 21:34 , par Slashdot
Long-time Slashdot reader Jarik C-Bol shares's report on 'two enormous cracks' in the Earth's crust that have opened up near the Turkish-Syrian border after two powerful earthquakes Monday:

Researchers from the U.K. Centre for the Observation & Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes & Tectonics (COMET) found the ruptures by comparing images of the area near the Mediterranean Sea coast taken by the European Earth-observing satellite Sentinel-1 before and after the devastating earthquakes. The longer of the two ruptures stretches 190 miles (300 kilometers) in the northeastern direction from the northeastern tip of the Mediterranean Sea. The crack was created by the first of the two major tremors that hit the region on Monday, the more powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck at 4:17 a.m. local time (8:17 p.m. EST on Feb. 5). The second crack, 80 miles long (125 km), opened during the second, somewhat milder 7.5-magnitude temblor about nine hours

'This earthquake fault is one of the longest on record on the continents,' the team's leader told, adding that it was 'very unusual to have two such large earthquakes happening within a few hours of each other.'

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