Warnings of aftershocks from 1 May earthquake in eastern Turkey

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Seismologists at the University of Ulster in Belfast have warned that there is a danger of further earthquakes in the area of southeastern Turkey that was struck by a magnitude 6.4 shock on 1 May.

John McCloskey one of the members of the University of Ulster Geophysics Research Group, said that preliminary calculations that he and his colleagues have performed since the tremor “…indicate significant increased hazard on the East Anatolian Fault Zone (EAFZ) to the southwest of the rupture, toward the city of Elazig, and to the northeast of Bingöl. These results, combined with the faults known to exist in the area, indicate that large aftershocks may occur, with events of magnitude 6 on the Richter scale possible.”