Izmir, Turkey - the Pearl of the Aegean

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Izmir, Turkey – The Pearl of the Aegean
Janet P. Santos
Walden University
August 16, 2014

Izmir became the third largest city in the country of Turkey, which is comparable in area to the state of Massachusetts and is approximately size as the state of Texas. During both, the Roman and Byzantine - Ottoman Periods in which Izmir was averted from adversary possession on September 9, 1922 during the War of Independence (Index Mundi. com, 2013).
Turkey is located in the northeastern quadrant of the Mediterranean Sea and also in the Southeast portion of Europe in addition to the Southwest segment of Asia. It also touches to the North near the Black Sea, in addition to the West near the Aegean Sea. Turkey also neighbors countries
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In fact, it has been noted that the right lateral NAF has now averaged an annual slippage rate of approximately 20 mm which geologists have been measuring utilizing a GPS. This continual slippage has had a drastic effect on the communities and economy of Turkey as noted by the devastating rise in earthquake activity in Table 1. DATE | MAGNITUDE | LENGTH | EARTHQUAKE NAME | December 26, 1939 | 8.0 | 360 km | Erzincan | December 20,1942 | 7.1 | 50 km | Erbaa | November 26,1943 | 7.6 | 280 km | Tosya | February 01,1944 | 7.3 | 165 km | Bolu-Gerede | May 26, 1957 | 7.0 | 80 km | Abant | July 22, 1967 | 7.1 | 102 km | Mudurnu Valley | August 17, 1999 | 7.8 | 320 km | | Table 1 depicts the seven largest earthquakes registering ≥ 7.0 magnitudes in Turkish history during 1939 - 99:

Figure 1 shows the activity of the Anatolian and Arabian plates which cross one another and form the earthquakes in/around the vicinity of the Anatolian Fault:
Figure 1: Courtesy of McClusky & et al, 2000

Figure 1: Courtesy of McClusky & et al, 2000

Over a century has past in the country of Turkey, whose inhabitants reside unsure of when the next earthquake will strike . . . more than 130 earthquakes to date have targeted this country, striking beneath it’s layers of complex faults and destroying the lives of more than 84,000 residents, while injurying another 150,000+, severaly destroying well over
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