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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 10

Posted by feww on March 13, 2017

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What Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Benito Mussolini, Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe Have in Common, and…

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 09

Posted by feww on March 10, 2017

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Turkey Conducting another Round of Democide

UN investigators report some 2,000 people were killed by Turkish military in the country’s Kurdish southeast between July 2015 and December 2016. Turkish forces are accused of killings, serious human rights violations, disappearances and instances of torture and ill-treatment of detainees including rape.

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 08

Posted by feww on March 2, 2017

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Turkey’s Hidden ‘Treasures’

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 07

Posted by feww on February 2, 2017

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Turkey Purges 150,000 Civil Servants and Counting

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 06

Posted by feww on December 20, 2016

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Turkey Playing Both Sides of the Fence

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FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey 05

Posted by feww on December 14, 2016

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Turkey Slides into Fascism

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey 04

Posted by feww on November 2, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey 04

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey 03

Posted by feww on October 25, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey 03

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey 02

Posted by feww on October 20, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey

Posted by feww on October 14, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Turkey

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Pope Francis Visits Armenian Genocide Memorial

Posted by feww on June 25, 2016

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The Armenian Genocide: The first genocide of the 20th century

Pope Francis paid tribute on Saturday to the 1.5 million Armenians massacred in 1915 genocide.

“Here I pray, with pain in my heart, so that never again will there be tragedies like this, so that humanity does not forget and knows how to overcome evil with good,” he wrote in the guest book at the Genocide Memorial and Museum in Yerevan on Saturday.

“May God protect the memory of the Armenian people! Memory cannot be stifled or forgotten! Memory is a source of peace and future!”

On Friday, he described the slaughter of ethnic Armenians by Ottoman Turks as an act of “genocide.”

“During a Mass marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths in April 2015, he said the events were “the first genocide of the 20th century,” echoing a phrase first used by Pope John Paul II in a 2001 joint declaration ahead of his own trip to Armenia,” said a report.


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NOTHING SHORT OF GENOCIDE: 10,000 Migrant Kids Missing in EU

Posted by feww on January 31, 2016

Fate of the migrant kids who don’t drown at sea…

At least 10,000 migrant children may have disappeared in Europe over  the past 24 months, said the EU’s police intelligence unit (Europol).

“We estimate that at least 26,000 unaccompanied children entered Europe last year – children who have risked everything to flee war, persecution and extreme poverty alone. They come from Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, Somalia and Iraq, among other places, seeking sanctuary,” said Save the Children’s CEO, earlier this month.

On Friday, IOM said an estimated that 55,528 migrants and refugees had crossed the Mediterranean to enter Europe during the first 28 days of 2016 – a rate of nearly 2,000 per day. The daily average is nearly equivalent to the total numbers for the month of January as recently as two years ago.

During the same period IOM has recorded some 244 deaths at sea [global total of 361 fatalities,] as well as at least a dozen more deaths of migrants and refugees who died either after reaching Europe or traveling to a launch point in Turkey. By comparison, total deaths on Mediterranean Sea routes were 12 in 2014 and 82 last year.

Just hours after IOM released its latest statement, 39 more migrants and refugees including 10 children drowned on Saturday trying to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece.

In May 2015, Italian authorities warned that about 5,000 children had disappeared from asylum reception centers since the previous summer.

In Sweden, about 1,000 unaccompanied refugee children and teens had gone missing by October last year, within a month of arriving in the southern town of Trelleborg, officials have admitted.

In 2015, a total of 1,047,844 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe [Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Malta, as well as Cyprus] including 1,011,712 by sea, with at least 5,394 fatalities recorded globally, said IOM’s Missing Migrants Project.

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Turkish Offensive on Kurdish Areas Threatens 200,000 Lives

Posted by feww on January 21, 2016

Democracy cannot exist without freedom of expression

Onslaught on Kurdish areas in Turkey putting tens of thousands of lives at risk —Amnesty

“The Turkish government’s onslaught on Kurdish towns and neighborhoods, which includes round-the-clock curfews and cuts to services, is putting the lives of up to 200,000 people at risk and amounts to collective punishment,” says Amnesty International.

“Cuts to water and electricity supplies combined with the dangers of accessing food and medical care while under fire are having a devastating effect on residents, and the situation is likely to get worse, fast, if this isn’t addressed,” said Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Program Director.“In some areas, crippling curfews that don’t allow people to leave their houses at all have been in place for more than a month, effectively laying siege to entire neighborhoods. It is imperative that the Turkish authorities ensure that affected residents are able to access food and essential services.”

Amnesty cites numerous reports of Turkish security forces preventing ambulances from entering areas under curfew. In one incident, body of a man killed during clashes in Silopi was left to decompose at the family’s home for 12 days before authorities allowed it to be collected.

Meanwhile the Turkish dictator has vowed to punish treasonous’ academics for defending human rights.

Turkish president vows ‘treasonous’ academics will pay the price

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stepped up his harsh rhetoric against academics who called for an end to military operations in Turkey’s southeast, warning that they would pay the price for “falling into a pit of treachery,” said a report.

“I’m saying frankly: This mindset which gives a self-styled fatwa to the terror organization’s attacks on public servants, which simply says ‘it would be better if it didn’t do so’ in response to the killing of civilians, disgusts me,” Erdoğan said.

Prosecutors have launched a major investigation into more than 1,200 academics who signed a petition denouncing military operations in the southeast, with at least 18 being detained so far. The EU and the United States have both denounced the probes in unusually strong statements.

The Turkish dictator, speaking at his presidential palace, said the academics’ “masks have fallen off,” showing their “real and ugly faces.”

“They spit out hatred of our nation’s values and history on every occasion. The petition has made this clearer.”

“Do you think you can disrupt the unity of this nation? Do you think you can continue to have a comfortable life with a salary from the state, without paying a price?” Erdoğan said.

“In a state of law like Turkey, so-called academics who target the unity of our nation have no right to commit crimes. They don’t have immunity for this.”

All those detained in the probe into the petition last week have since been released but they still face investigation and eventual trial.

Academics support colleagues under probe in Turkey

Hundreds of Turkish academics have expressed solidarity with their colleagues suspected of terrorism crimes after signing a petition to call for an end to ongoing violence in southeastern Turkey in a statement sent to the Hürriyet Daily News.

“Democracy cannot exist without freedom of expression,” said the statement signed by 610 academics from various universities including some in the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria and Turkey.

“We, the undersigned academics, believe that freedom of expression is the core element of academic life… we think that the reaction of the government and the Higher Education Council [YÖK] toward the petition entitled ‘We shall not be a party to this crime’ signed by over 1,000 academics is wrong and disturbing,” the statement said.

The statement came amid a criminal complaint against a group of people, including 15 academics out of a total of 1,228 who signed the petition to call for peace, as well as overt death threats by ultranationalist mafia boss Sedat Peker that directly targeted the academics. The scholars also demanded state protection as they said “our lives are in danger” in a criminal complaint filed with the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

“We will let your blood flow in streams and take a shower in your blood,” Peker, a well-known convicted criminal, said in a message posted on his personal website on Jan. 13. The message titled as “The So-Called Intellectuals, The Bells Will Toll for You First” was posted just a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called more than 1,000 Turkish and international academics as “poor excuses for intellectuals.”

The statement from the 610 also said public debate and criticism were the basic tenets of democracy, whereas silencing and persecuting dissent were the hallmarks of authoritarianism.

“The attempt to punish the academics who express their opinions regarding the burning problems which are currently affecting the country constitutes a blow to academic freedom. Social progress is bound to be impeded by such an attack,” it added.

At least 40,000 people have been killed in the Kurdish conflict since 1984, Turkish govt says.

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Iraqi PM Demands Withdrawal of Turkish Battalion Near Mosul

Posted by feww on December 5, 2015

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Turkey protecting terrorists partners in Mosul?

Iraqi Prime Minister has condemned a Turkish military incursion into its northern territory, demanding their immediate withdrawal.

The incursion of “around one armed battalion [up to 300 troops] with [dozens] of tanks and cannons” into the Nineveh Province was a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, said Mr Abadi in a statement released on December 5.

Turkish officials claim the troops were deployed on Friday (December 4) as part of a “routine exercise” to train Iraqi troops near the city of Mosul, which was captured by Daesh terrorists 16 months ago.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry has described the troops movement into the northern Iraqi province as an “incursion,” rejecting the Turkish claim and asserting that the military operation was not coordinated with the federal government in Baghdad, said reports.

“The Turkish sources maintained that Turkey already had troops in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, and the United States and other countries involved in fighting IS there were aware it was moving some troops to the Mosul area,” said a report.

“U.S. officials in Washington said they were aware of Turkey’s move, but it was not coordinated with the anti-IS coalition operating in northern Iraq.”

Turkey stands accused of buying stolen oil from Daesh terrorists [aka, Islamic State, ISIL.] The large scale illegal oil trade is helping the terrorist to rake in about 3 million dollars per day.

Daesh kidnapped 49 staff from the Turkish consulate in Mosul after seizing control of the city in June 2014; however, they released everyone unharmed three months later, AFP reported.

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Russian military presents “proof” of Turkey’s role in ISIL oil trade

Posted by feww on December 2, 2015

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The “NATO-protected” ISIL targets that coalition airstrikes in Syria avoided for more than 14 months

Media briefing “Russian Federation Armed Forces fighting against international terrorism. New data”

Satellite and aerial images taken on November 14, show 3,722 oil tankers, trucks and trailers waiting to carry oil stolen by ISIL, AlNusra Front and affiliated terrorist groups into Turkey, says the report.

“The fleet of terrorist [vehicles] features up to 8,500 tanker trucks which transport up to 200,000 barrels of oil daily [into Turkey.]”

Hundreds of oil tanker trucks cross the Turkey-Syria border each day, carrying oil stolen by the terrorists to the Batman refinery in Turkey.

Some of the oil, stolen from both Iraq and Turkey, is transported to two of Turkey’s Mediterranean ports and from there exported to other countries.

ISIL rakes in about three million dollars per day from the illegal oil trade, said the report.

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Earthquake Rattles Central Turkey

Posted by feww on November 29, 2015

M5.0 quake strikes near Hekimhan, Turkey

Centered at 38.8ºN, 37.84ºE, the quake occurred at a depth of about 22km, and was followed by dozens of small aftershocks, reported EMSC.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.0Mb (body wave magnitude) [4.9Mw: USGS/EHP]
Date & time: 2015-11-29 00:28:08.0 UTC
Location: 38.8ºN, 37.84ºE
Depth: 22km

  • 202 km N of Gaziantep, Turkey / pop: 1,065,975 /
  • 68 km NW of Malatya, Turkey / pop: 441,805 /
  • 8 km W of Hekimhan, Turkey / pop: 13,946 /

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Russian Warplane Shot Down near Syria-Turkey Border

Posted by feww on November 24, 2015

UPDATE: The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed the Russian Su-24 military plane was shot down by a Turkish F-16 over Syrian territory. The plane was attacked while returning to Khmeimim airbase, said the Ministry, adding that the plane did not violate Turkish air space.

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Turkey says it shot down Russian warplane

Excerpts from various reports

Turkish military: The Russian pilot had been warned at least 10 times  over five minutes the plane had violated Turkish airspace. Two of F-16 fighter jets shot down the plane.

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu: Turkey has the right to respond to violations of its airspace.

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Turkey has stabbed Russia in the back by shooting down our warplane. They have acted as an accomplice to the terrorists. The plane was flying 1 km away from the Turkish border and posed no threat to Turkish national security.

Russia noticed of the flow of oil from Syrian territory under the control of terrorists to Turkey, Putin said.

Apparently, IS now not only receives revenue from the smuggling of oil, but also has the protection of a nation’s military, Putin said. This may explain why the terrorist group is so bold in taking acts of terrorism across the world, he added.

The incident will have grave consequences for Russia’s relations with Turkey, Putin warned.

The fact that Turkey did not try to contact Russia in the wake of the incident and rushed to call a NATO meeting instead is worrisome, Putin said. It appears that Turkey want NATO to serve the interests of IS, he added.

Putin said Russia respects the regional interests of other nations, but warned the atrocity committed by Turkey would not go without an answer

Russian Defense Ministry: A Russian Su-24 fighter has been shot down in Syria. The aircraft was flying at the altitude of 6,000 meters within the Syrian airspace.

“Today an aircraft from the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic crashed on the territory of Syria supposedly shot down from the ground.”

“During all the flight time, the aircraft was flying only within the borders of the Syrian territory. That was registered by objective monitoring data.”

MSM: Footage posted online allegedly shows Russian pilots from the downed jet laying motionless, possibly dead on the ground and surrounded by Syrian Turkmens.

UK Foreign Office: “Clearly this is a very serious incident, but it would be unwise to comment further until we have more certainty on the facts.”

Internet: Turkish PM has requested extraordinary NATO council meeting to inform members of downing of Russian jet. Meeting scheduled for 5pm Brussels time.

History: This was the first time a NATO country has shot down a Russian or Soviet war plane since the 1950s.

Added by Moderator

Francois Hollande: Was it something I said? The French President had called for both Washington and Moscow to set aside their policy divisions over Syria and “fight this terrorist army in a broad, single coalition.” Unknown to him, those “policy divisions” are clearly irreconcilable.

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Death Toll Rises to 86 in Ankara Bombing Massacre

Posted by feww on October 10, 2015

Pro-Kurdish HDP party pins Ankara bombing massacre on President Erdogan

Two massive explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 86 people and injured 186, authorities said.

The deadly explosions happened shortly after 10:00 local time, targeting Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), ahead of a peace rally.

Eyewitnesses said the explosions were carried out by suicide bombers and that there were no police personnel present near the crime scene when the bombing occurred. The riot police arrived at the scene about 15 minutes later, according to HDP Foreign Affairs Commission.

The HDP has also accused the Turkish police of firing teargas on the people who were helping the injured.

The leader of pro-Kurdish HDP party has blamed the “State.” On Thursday, he had accused the Turkey’s President Erdogan for the assassinations of two people in Kurdish regions, earlier this week.

“Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has claimed that the special operations forces who were sent by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) to predominantly Kurdish regions are committing murders in those areas,” said a report.

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Mine Disaster ‘Worst in Turkish History’

Posted by feww on May 15, 2014


Three days of mourning for the disaster victims begins in Turkey

Death toll in Turkey’s worst ever mine disaster has climbed to more than 300 with many miners still unaccounted for.

Officials say it would be highly unlikely to find any survivors, suggesting that the death toll could rise higher, with at least 150 miners still missing.

About 800 people were inside the mine at Soma in Manisa province, some 250km south of Istanbul, and 450km west of the capital Ankara, Turkey, when an electrical fault triggered the explosion.

Many of deaths occurred as a result carbon monoxide poisoning. Most of the victims were trapped as far as 2km below the surface and 4km from the mine entrance.

Turkey uses coal to generate about 40% of its electricity and coal mining is a major industry in the Soma area.

The country’s worst mining disaster until now was the 1992 mine explosion near Zonguldak on the Black Sea, when 270 miners perished.

More than 30,000 coal mining incidents in Turkey have killed at least 1,300 miners and left tens of thousands of others injured since 2000.

Nationwide Protests

The outrage over the disaster has sparked violent, anti-government protests Wednesday across the country with the angry crowds demanding resignation of the government.

Meanwhile, several major groups of unions have agreed to a nationwide strike in response to the government’s handling of mine safety issues.

The head of the Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions of Turkey has called on citizens to wear black and march on the Ministry of Labor, according to reports.

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Desperately Digging Deeper, Dirtier, Deadlier

Posted by feww on May 14, 2014


Coal mine explosion kills up to 220 in Turkey, hundreds more trapped


An explosion at a coal mine in western Turkey has left up to 220 workers dead, dozens injured and hundreds more trapped, said officials.

About 800 people were inside the mine at Soma in Manisa province, some 250km south of Istanbul, and 450km west of the capital Ankara, Turkey, when an electrical fault triggered the explosion.

Many of deaths occurred as a result carbon monoxide poisoning. More than 400 workers are believed to be trapped as far as 2km below the surface and 4km from the mine entrance.

More than 30,000 coal mining incidents in Turkey have killed hundreds of miners and left tens of thousands injured since 2000.

Turkey’s worst mining disaster claimed 270 lives near Zonguldak on the Black Sea in 1992.

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Istanbul Running Out of Water in 100 Days

Posted by feww on January 23, 2014


14 Million people threatened by exceptional drought in Istanbul, Turkey: Expert

Turkey’s largest city, and its cultural, economic, and historical hub, is seriously threatened by exceptional drought. The drought has left more than 14 million in the city with only 100 days of water, according to an expert.

“Having only 100 days of water reserve means that very tight measures should be taken,” Tugba Maden, a water expert in the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies, told Xinhua.

The dams supplying water to Istanbul are down to about 35 percent of their full capacity, with a total current reserves of about 300 million cubic meters. At least three of the reservoirs are already experiencing severe water shortages.

Additionally, water levels in the Euphrates river valley and the Tigris River, the main water basins of Turkey, are at or near historic lows, with no sign of  rain or snow, said the expert.

Sprawled over an area of 5,343km², Istanbul is one of the largest urban areas in Europe and world’s second-largest city by population.

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Significant Earthquakes Strike Oklahoma

Posted by feww on December 29, 2013

9 Percent of the day’s global seismicity occurred in Oklahoma, 17 percent in Lower 48!!

M4.1 earthquakes strikes near Langston, Oklahoma

The quake was centered at 35.896°N, 97.306°W and struck at a depth of about 5.0km (3.1mi). 

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 4.1Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-12-29 08:14:36 UTC
  • Location: 35.896°N 97.306°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 7km (4mi) SW of Langston, Oklahoma
    • 10km (6mi) E of Guthrie, Oklahoma
    • 31km (19mi) NNE of Edmond, Oklahoma
    • 33km (21mi) SW of Stillwater, Oklahoma
    • 51km (32mi) NNE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Olahoma eq locmap
Oklahoma Earthquakes Location Map.

The event followed two smaller earthquakes measuring

  • M3.4  (Location 36.870°N 97.622°W depth=4.3km; 155km N of Oklahoma City) and
  • M3.1 (36.141°N 97.329°W depth=5.0km; 76km NNE of Oklahoma City).

30 day EQs in Oklahoma and Texas
30 Days, Magnitude 2.5+ Earthquakes in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. 40 Earthquakes in the map area. Global map includes 1012 earthquakes – Updated: 2013-12-29 10:06:05UTC. Source: USGS/EHP

About 17  percent of the global seismicity in the past 30 days, in terms of number of events measuring M2.5+, occurred in or near contiguous United States.

Oklahoma Earthquakes in November

At least 41 earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater struck the state of Oklahoma in November 2013, according to data provided by USGS/EHP.

The largest shock in the cluster (No. 11 on the table below) measured 3.8Mw, striking at a depth of 5.9km on November 11, 2013 some 5km WNW of Jones, Oklahoma.

ok quakes nov2013-s
List of Oklahoma Earthquakes measuring 2.5Mw or greater, November 2013.

Tectonic Summary [USGS/EHP]

Induced Seismicity. As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth’s crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations. In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced. Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. Making a strong scientific case for a causative link between a particular human activity and a particular sequence of earthquakes typically involves special studies devoted specifically to the question. Such investigations usually address the process by which the suspected triggering activity might have significantly altered stresses in the bedrock at the earthquake source, and they commonly address the ways in which the characteristics of the suspected human-triggered earthquakes differ from the characteristics of natural earthquakes in the region.

one-day quakes worldwide 28-29 december 13
Earthquake Location Map. 1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ Earthquakes Worldwide. 34 earthquakes shown on the map, updated at 2013-12-29 09:49:36 UTC. Source: USGS/EHP

M5.8 Quake Strikes Off the Coast of Turkey

  • Event Time:2013-12-28 15:21:05 UTC
  • Location: 35.980°N 31.340°E depth=51.1km (31.7mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 80km (50mi) SSW of Avsallar, Turkey
    • 204km (127mi) WNW of Nicosia, Cyprus

Tectonic Summary: Seismotectonics of the Mediterranean Region and Vicinity

The Mediterranean region is seismically active due to the northward convergence (4-10 mm/yr) of the African plate with respect to the Eurasian plate along a complex plate boundary. This convergence began approximately 50 Ma and was associated with the closure of the Tethys Sea. The modern day remnant of the Tethys Sea is the Mediterranean Sea. The highest rates of seismicity in the Mediterranean region are found along the Hellenic subduction zone of southern Greece, along the North Anatolian Fault Zone of western Turkey and the Calabrian subduction zone of southern Italy. Local high rates of convergence at the Hellenic subduction zone (35mm/yr) are associated with back-arc spreading throughout Greece and western Turkey above the subducting Mediterranean oceanic crust.

The region of the Marmara Sea is a transition zone between this extensional regime, to the west, and the strike-slip regime of the North Anatolian Fault Zone, to the east. The North Anatolian Fault accommodates much of the right-lateral horizontal motion (23-24 mm/yr) between the Anatolian micro-plate and Eurasian plate as the Anatolian micro-plate is being pushed westward to further accommodate closure of the Mediterranean basin caused by the collision of the African and Arabian plates in southeastern Turkey. Subduction of the Mediterranean Sea floor beneath the Tyrrhenian Sea at the Calabrian subduction zone causes a significant zone of seismicity around Sicily and southern Italy. Active volcanoes are located above intermediate depth earthquakes in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea and in southern Italy.

In the Mediterranean region there is a written record, several centuries long, documenting pre-instrumental seismicity (pre-20th century). Earthquakes have historically caused widespread damage across central and southern Greece, Cyprus, Sicily, Crete, the Nile Delta, Northern Libya, the Atlas Mountains of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. The 1903 M8.2 Kythera earthquake and the 1926 M7.8 Rhodes earthquakes are the largest instrumentally recorded Mediterranean earthquakes, both of which are associated with subduction zone tectonics. Between 1939 and 1999 a series of devastating M7+ strike-slip earthquakes propagated westward along the North Anatolian Fault Zone, beginning with the 1939 M7.8 Erzincan earthquake on the eastern end of the North Anatolian Fault system. The 1999 M7.6 Izmit earthquake, located on the westward end of the fault, struck one of Turkey’s most densely populated and industrialized urban areas killing, more than 17,000 people. Although seismicity rates are comparatively low along the northern margin of the African continent, large destructive earthquakes have been recorded and reported from Morocco in the western Mediterranean, to the Dead Sea in the eastern Mediterranean. The 1980 M7.3 El Asnam earthquake was one of Africa’s largest and most destructive earthquakes within the 20th century.

Large earthquakes throughout the Mediterranean region have also been known to produce significant and damaging tsunamis. One of the more prominent historical earthquakes within the region is the Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755, whose magnitude has been estimated from non-instrumental data to be about 8.0. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake is thought to have occurred within or near the Azores-Gibraltar transform fault, which defines the boundary between the African and Eurasian plates off the west coast of Morocco and Portugal. The earthquake is notable for both a large death toll of approximately 60,000 people and for generating a tsunami that swept up the Portuguese coast inundating coastal villages and Lisbon. An earthquake of approximately M8.0 near Sicily in 1693 generated a large tsunami wave that destroyed numerous towns along Sicily’s east coast. The M7.2 December 28, 1908 Messina earthquake is the deadliest documented European earthquake. The combination of severe ground shaking and a local tsunami caused an estimated 60,000 to 120,000 fatalities.  [Source:USGS National Earthquake Information Center.]

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – June 3, 2013

Posted by feww on June 3, 2013

Powerhouse fire in the Angeles National Forest and Santa Clarita spreads to 30,000 acres

The massive wildfire north of Los Angeles grew to about 30,000 acres and was 40% contained as of Monday morning,  authorities said.

The blaze has so far destroyed at least 6 homes and damaged more than a dozen others, according to several reports.

About 2,200 fire crews were attempting to suppress the fire which broke out Thursday afternoon in the Angeles National Forest north of Castaic, close to a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power station in San Francisquito Canyon near Drinkwater Reservoir.

More than 1,000 homes in the Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth areas were still under mandatory evacuation, as of posting.


Flooding Wreaks Havoc in Central Europe

Major flooding has worsened across Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland, with several countries declaring states of emergency.

  • A large part of Eilenburg, a town north-east of Leipzig, was evacuated, with more than 7,000 people being taken to emergency shelters.
  • In Austria, two months of rain fell in just two days, said the meteorological office, forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of people.
  • Water levels in the Bavarian city of Passau, located at confluence of three rivers—the Danube, Inn and Ilz—were at their highest since 1501, the local media reported.


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China slaughterhouse fire kills 119, injures many more

Death toll from a large fire at a “poultry slaughterhouse” in NE China’s Jilin Province has climbed to to 119 as of Monday afternoon, the authorities said.

The fire broke out early morning at a workshop “owned by the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company in Mishazi Township of Dehui City” also injured dozens of others, the report said.


Turkish protests turn into bloody riots

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets across Turkish cities, angry over the heavy-handed police response to a small peaceful demonstration last week.

  • Hundreds of protesters and police have been injured since Friday.
  • Protests began last week against construction in Istanbul’s “last remaining open space,” the Taksim Gezi Park.
  • The anti-government protests have now spread to 67 provinces across Turkey.
  • The largest demonstrations were held in Istanbul, the capital city of Ankara and ports of Antalya and Izmir.
  • “The unrest has delivered a blow to Turkish financial markets that have thrived under Erdogan. Shares fell more than six percent and the lira fell to 16-month lows,” said a report.
  • Some protestors complained about the costs from the prime Minister Erdogan’s support of rebels in neighboring Syria’s civil war.


1,013 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,013 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History


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