Turkey earthquake spurs UF researchers to study Earth’s crust
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey yesterday killing more than 138 people. It struck in the afternoon, about nine miles northeast of the city of Van, rupturing 12.4 miles underground. University of Florida’s Department of Geological Sciences Associate professor, Ray Russo explains the difference between the earthquake in Turkey versus the previous earthqakes in New Zeland and Japan.
Russo says his research at the University of Florida makes use of these earthqakes to obtain more information about earth’s mantle flow.
The earthquake struck somewhere outside the eastern edge of the Anatolian block, where strike-slip faulting a mechanism where fault systems slide side-to-side when two tectonic plates butt heads is most common. Russo adds, earthqauakes of this magnitude are normal and expected.
Turkey lies in one of the world’s most active seismic zones and is crossed by numerous fault lines. Its unique geographic position causes small earthquakes to occur almost daily.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized
. Bookmark the permalink
More Stories in Uncategorized
The Florida Museum of Natural History will host its eighth annual Butterflyfest this weekend. Entertainment at Butterflyfest will include live performances, workshops, and engaging challenges for visitors to participate in. Jaret Daniels, Interim Director of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, [...]
A competition called Bad to the Bone had hundreds of law enforcement and rescue officials competing Friday using skills they are sometimes called to employ in the field.
The match between Lauren Poe and Nathan Skop will end tonight. The commission runoff occurred because neither candidate received a majority vote in the city’s first election. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette reports on the race.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is taking steps to protect animals in the state of Florida. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Courtney Allen reports, the group is assisting several agencies in one of the largest animal cruelty [...]
Florida’s regional water management districts may lose control of their funding. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chip Skambis reports, a proposed senate bill would put control of their major sources of funding under the legislature’s control.