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Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority

“We Must Take Measures Against Risk of Tsunami in Addition to Earthquakes” 06 April 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Akdağ said: ”We must take measures against tsunami waves that are triggered by earthquakes in addition to our preparations against possible earthquakes.”

Deputy Prime Minister Prof. Dr. Recep Akdağ listed his observations concerning damages and reconstruction projects carried out in Sendai that was hit by earthquake and tsunami disasters in 2001 as a part of his contacts during his Japan visit.

AK Party Kayseri Deputy Taner Yıldız, Head of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu and Turkey’s Ambassador to Japan Hasan Murat Mercan accompanied Akdağ during his visit to Japan.

Akdağ and the accompanying delegation visited the Sendai Municipality and had a meeting with Mayor Kazuko where they discussed measures taken against earthquakes and tsunamis.

Akdağ travelled to the Arahama Region that was hit by a tsunami in Sendai and visited the Arahama Primary School building.

Speaking to journalists, Akdağ pointed that 20 thousand people had died as a result of the earthquake measuring 9 according to the Richter scale in Sendai region in 2011 and the tsunami disaster that took place in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Akdağ stated that the officials drew lessons from this disaster and made preparations and took additional measures in addition to existing protection precautions against possible disasters in the region.

Noting that academicians from Tohuku University, one of the most important education institutions in this field have been cooperating with Turkish officials concerning the risk of a tsunami that may occur as a result of a possible earthquake in the Marmara region of Turkey, Akdağ underlined the importance of extensive cooperation with Japan regarding this issue.

Earthquake and Tsunami report

Deputy Prime Minister Akdağ stated that a report was prepared as a result of this cooperation carried out with Japanese experts about the possible Marmara earthquake which mentioned tsunami waves that may occur due to a possible earthquakes that would reach to 3 meters to 6 meters and these waves may especially hit the European side of İstanbul.

Noting that big earthquakes took place in the history of İstanbul, Akdağ said, “We must take measures against tsunami waves that are triggered by earthquakes in addition to our preparations against possible earthquakes.”

Akdağ said that possible tsunami waves in Marmara will not reach 40 meters like it did in Pacific Ocean as Marmara is an inland sea but 6 meter high tsunami waves may also cause serious damage.

“Measures concerning the risk of a tsunami in Marmara and especially in İstanbul will be a part of our action plan,” stated Akdağ adding that this issue will be discussed with local authorities.

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