Geophysics: Death Without Warning

With the power of a one-megaton bomb, an earthquake shocked eastern Turkey last week, killing more than 100 people and injuring about 200. The quake centered in sparsely settled Tunceli and Erzincan provinces, 80 miles west of the Varto area, scene of a violent quake that killed 2,477 people last August. It was the second earthquake to sunder Turkey within five days; on July 22 about 100 people were killed and 300 injured in a series of shocks that struck 50 towns near Adapazari. Like previous Turkish quakes (see map), the latest disasters were located along the Anatolian Fault,...

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