Earthquake to Fill in Istanbul's 'Seismic Gap?'

September 11, 2014 6:24 PM

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When a segment of a major fault line goes quiet, it could possibly be the calm before the storm. Researchers worry that Istanbul's "seismic gap" is a warning that a major earthquake may soon occur off the country's coast, according to a new study.

A seismic gap could possibly be inactive - the result of two tectonic plates placidly gliding past each other - or it could be the source of a potential earthquake.

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