Japanese seismic engineer Mori Shinichiro began, on Saturday, a field study in Turkey, about a month after the devastating earthquake that shook the country and caused great human and material losses.
The Japanese Broadcasting Corporation said, on its official website, that Mori Shinichiro, a professor at Ehime University in western Japan, visited the affected areas in southern Turkey on Saturday.
Japanese seismic engineer Mori Shinichiro
She added that Mori noticed a major shift in the earth’s surface, in the town of Nordaggi, near the epicenter. He also asked the survivors what types of tremors they felt when the earthquake struck.
“It is possible that a seismic wave with a cycle of up to two seconds, called a ‘deadly pulse’, caused severe damage to buildings,” Shinichiro stated.
He continued, “It appears that the land was subjected to vertical and horizontal erosion after the earthquake,” noting that “buildings that were not earthquake-resistant were severely damaged.”
“People in Japan have to realize that the country’s old buildings, which were constructed according to traditional standards, can suffer similar damage in the event of a major earthquake,” he said.
The Japanese seismic engineer highlighted that he will continue to conduct his field studies until Tuesday, highlighting that he will announce his findings after his return to Japan.
It is noteworthy that the eastern Mediterranean earthquake, which shook southern Turkey and northern Syria, killed 45,986 people, including 4,267 Syrian citizens, according to what Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu announced today, Sunday.
It is worth noting that the great earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on February 6, with a magnitude of 7.7, and thousands of violent aftershocks followed it.