Turkey to plant 5 underwater observatories in Marmara sea

Turkey will plant 10 broad-band seismic stations and 5 underwater observatories on the bottom of Marmara Sea.

Turkey to plant 5 underwater observatories in Marmara sea
Turkey will plant 10 broad-band seismic stations and 5 underwater observatories on the bottom of Marmara Sea in order to measure microearthquakes and make early warning for tsunamis after prospective earthquakes.

"Seismic Data Transmission Platform", a project which is carried out jointly by Bogazici University Kandilli Observatory & Earthquake Research Institute and Turk Telekom, was formally introduced on Monday.

This project that will closely monitor Marmara region will be the first in Turkey, said Professor Gulay Altay, director of Kandilli Observatory.

Altay said underwater stations will measure microearthquakes and transmit real-time information to ground stations.

"It is not possible to measure microearthquakes at the moment. Moreover, these stations will give us very important information regarding an early warning for tsunamis after a prospective earthquake in Marmara region," Altay said.

In August 17th, 1999, a major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 on the Richter scale struck Marmara region and killed thousands of people.

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