After Turkey, Indonesia & Italy Experience Minor Earthquakes - Capital TV

June 4, 2023


After Turkey, Indonesia & Italy Experience Minor Earthquakes

Mahnoor Tariq

WORLD: Days after Turkey and Syria were hit by the most devastating earthquakes, the Indonesian region and Italy also reported tremors.

On Feb 9, Siena in Italy, shut down its museums, schools, and universities after experiencing a 3.5 magnitude earthquake. No casualties were reported. 

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Whereas, an earthquake that shook the capital of Papua, Indonesia destroyed a seaside restaurant, killing at least four people. The 22-kilometer-deep 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Jayapura city on land at 1:28 p.m. local time. The nation’s meteorological service reported a stronger magnitude of 5.2 and issued an aftershock warning.

Can earthquakes be predicted?

Earthquake geologist Wendy Bohon, who serves as a communications strategist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said that earthquake prediction has ‘always been kind of a holy grail.’ “We could take precautions against an earthquake if we could predict it with absolute certainty.

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What you need to know:

The earthquakes in Turkey and Syria have now claimed the lives of over 20,000 people, but the UN warns that the entire scope of the disaster is still unknown. Rescuers are still looking through the rubble for survivors. Thousands of people who are currently without shelter, water, or food are still in danger due to the freezing weather.

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