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The North Anatolian Fault

The North Anatolian Fault - Geology 112 Section 2 Plate...

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February 17, 2009 Geology 112 Section 2 Plate Tectonic Essay North Anatolian Fault The North Anatolian fault is located in northern Turkey south of the Black Sea. It runs along the tectonic boundary between the Eurasian Plate and the Anatolian Plate. The fault runs westward from the Eastern Anatolian fault in eastern Turkey into the Aegean Sea, 20 kilometers south of Istanbul. There are several small cities and towns on or near the North Anatolian fault that have been greatly affected by the numerous earthquakes that have occurred in the past. In 1939, Erzincan experienced a 7.9 magnitude earthquake that killed almost 33,000 people. Since 1939 there have been 6 major earthquakes along the North Anatolian fault measuring 7.0 or greater on the Richter scale. These earthquakes have been moving west along the North Anatolian fault. Every earthquake seems to centralize more and more west moving closer toward Istanbul. Istanbul lies on the western end of the North Anatolian fault with a population of 11.8 million people.
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