2 experts predict another massive quake

Published February 15th, 2023 - 07:44 GMT
Book burning to stay warm
Local residents burn books to keep warm as they wait for their relatives to be pulled out from the rubble of collapsed buildings in Hatay, on February 14, 2023, after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country's south-east. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)

ALBAWABA - Ever since the massive quakes that jolted the Mideast, experts warned that the area may witness stronger and more devastating earthquakes. 

Several aftershocks shook several Mideast nations following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Turkey and northern Syria on Feb. 6, killing at least 40,000 and injuring thousands of others.

Since then, several earthquakes were reported worldwide, including Alaska, Hawaii, Fiji Islands, New Zealand, Russia, Indonesia, Chile, Lebanon, Palestine, Algeria and Romania, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Najeeb Abu Karaki, a geophysics professor at the University of Jordan, said the Mideast is constantly experiencing low-level tremor activities and that should not be worrisome.

But geology expert Masdouq Al Taj from the Hashemite University said the region is in for another vast tremor that would at least be 7.5 on the Richter Scale.

He insisted, however, that the timing of the quake could not be predicted.

His comment came in a scientific symposium held by the Jordanian Geologists Association in cooperation with the Natural Resources Authority.

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