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The Next Marmara Earthquake: Disaster Mitigation, Recovery and Early Warning

Edited by: Takane Hori, Ali Pinar, Ocal Necmioglu, Muneo Hori, Azusa Nishizawa

The Marmara Sea is well known as a seismic gap prone to massive earthquakes. The aim of this special issue is to gather information about the risk of another Marmara earthquake from the latest geophysical, geological, geotechnical, computational and building sciences research findings in order to discuss ways of mitigating disaster in advance.

Studies are presented on the Marmara earthquake, especially, but not restricted to (i) identification and characterization of the magnitude, epicenter, recurrence, geometry, and structure for earthquakes in and around the seismic gap (ii) evaluation of the risk of tsunamis, landslides, strong ground motion, building collapse, liquifaction, and possibly giant earthquakes due to the interaction of fault segments, (iii) effective communication and utilization of scientific information on evacuation and hazard maps.

Publication started: 15 September 2015
Publication finished: 5 May 2017

  1. The past devastating earthquakes in densely populated urban centers, such as the 1994 Northridge; 1995 Kobe; 1999 series of Kocaeli, Düzce, and Athens; and 2011 Van-Erciş events, showed that substantial socia...

    Authors: A. Can Zülfikar, N. Özge Zülfikar Fercan, Süleyman Tunç and Mustafa Erdik
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2017 69:9
  2. In this study, the original seismograms of the 1935-Erdek–Marmara Island and 1963-Çınarcık Earthquakes, recorded at local and regional distances, were vectorized. The epicentral locations have been calculated ...

    Authors: Nilay Başarır Baştürk, Nurcan Meral Özel and Marco Caciagli
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:158
  3. The main motivation for this study was the impending occurrence of a catastrophic earthquake along the Prince Island Fault (PIF) in the Marmara Sea and the disaster risk around the Marmara region, especially i...

    Authors: Aydin Mert, Yasin M. Fahjan, Lawrence J. Hutchings and Ali Pınar
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:146
  4. Turkey is highly prone to earthquakes because of active fault zones in the region. The Marmara region located at the western extension of the North Anatolian Fault Zone (NAFZ) is one of the most tectonically a...

    Authors: Betul Aytore, Ahmet Cevdet Yalciner, Andrey Zaytsev, Zeynep Ceren Cankaya and Mehmet Lütfi Suzen
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:139
  5. Istanbul is a mega city with various coastal utilities located on the northern coast of the Sea of Marmara. At Yenikapı, there are critical vulnerable coastal utilities, structures, and active metropolitan lif...

    Authors: Zeynep Ceren Cankaya, Mehmet Lutfi Suzen, Ahmet Cevdet Yalciner, Cagil Kolat, Andrey Zaytsev and Betul Aytore
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:133
  6. We investigated the crustal structure beneath the Marmara region and the surrounding area in the western part of the North Anatolian fault zone. These areas have high seismicity and are of critical significanc...

    Authors: Gulten Polat, Nurcan Meral Özel and Ivan Koulakov
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:132
  7. Recent advances in computing have brought a new and challenging way to tackle the earthquake hazard and disaster problems: integration of the seismic actions in the form of numerical models. For this purpose,...

    Authors: Abdurrahman Sahin, Rafet Sisman, Aysegul Askan and Muneo Hori
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:115
  8. In this study, we aimed to explore the S-wave velocity structure of shallow soils using microtremors in order to estimate site responses in Tekirdag and surrounding areas (NW Turkey). We collected microtremor ...

    Authors: Ozlem Karagoz, Kosuke Chimoto, Seckin Citak, Oguz Ozel, Hiroaki Yamanaka and Ken Hatayama
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:176
  9. We determined the centroid moment tensor (CMT) solutions of earthquakes that occurred along the North Anatolian fault (NAF) beneath the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean Sea, using data obtained from Turkey’s broa...

    Authors: Masaru Nakano, Seckin Citak and Doğan Kalafat
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:159
  10. The faults’ geometry and their seismic activity beneath the Marmara Sea have been under debate for a couple of decades. We used data recorded by three ocean bottom seismographs (OBSs) over a period of 3 months...

    Authors: Yojiro Yamamoto, Narumi Takahashi, Seckin Citak, Doğan Kalafat, Ali Pinar, Cemil Gurbuz and Yoshiyuki Kaneda
    Citation: Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:147