(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
Doha: An earthquake expert at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (CAA) Dr. Reda Abdel-Fattah described the earthquake that struck southern Turkey and northern Syria last Monday as devastating, as it is one of the most powerful earthquakes that hit the world.
He pointed out that about 600 aftershocks were monitored; 5 of which were felt in the area that the earthquake struck.
The earthquake expert said in a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the earthquake measured 7.7 on the Richter scale, causing huge damage and left thousands of deaths and injuries. Many people are still under the rubble, he added.
Dr. Abdel-Fattah said that the aftershocks of the earthquake that struck southern Turkey and northern Syria have receded, pointing out that it is difficult to predict the time of the earthquake, despite the superiority of scientists in reaching its location.
On the other hand, Dr. Reda Abdel-Fattah reassured the residents of Qatar that the seismic danger is far from the State, given that it is not in a seismic line. He underlined the role played by Qatar Seismic Network, which was established in 2014 to monitor earthquakes, in addition to its cooperation with the networks in GCC countries and international networks.
Qatar Seismic Network is equipped with the latest technologies and systems, including nine seismic monitoring stations, three of which are deep stations with a depth of more than 100 meters and six surface stations. The stations provide vital information in addition to their important role in monitoring any seismic activity and warning of the imminence of any earthquake.
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