Japanese expert expects Marmara earthquake within two decades
Speaking at a conference at Fırat University in the eastern province of Elazığ, Yoshinori Moriwaki said that he had been living in Turkey for 28 years.
“There are many similarities between the Turkish and Japanese cultures and unfortunately we also have another thing in common: earthquakes. Both countries have suffered a lot from earthquakes,” he said.
“But people are not well educated and informed about the quakes,” he added.
“If we are prepared for this, the devastating impact of the earthquake could be reduced by 70 percent,” he also said.
The 1999 quake with the magnitude of 7.5 hit the Marmara region, the most industrial and densely populated region of the country, killing 17,480 people.
Over 285,000 buildings were damaged and 600,000 people were left homeless after the 45-second quake, which left social and economic wounds that took years to heal.