Credit USGS and EarthWindMap. The map above may look complicated it's not. It is showing information from two different websites. One is the date, time, location and depth of the deadly Turkey/Syrian quake, taken from USGS and the date, time, and location of a tiny, low-pressure area at the time of the quake, taken from the Earthwindmap.
On Feb 6 at 02:17 (UTC +1) a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, rocked South and Western Turkey and Northwestern Syria. This devastatingly powerful, shallow, quake was quickly followed by a magnitude 7.7 aftershock.
The two massive earthquakes and the barrage of aftershocks caused almost 60,000 deaths and damage to an area the size of Germany. The UN estimated more than 1.5 million people were left homeless throughout Turkey and Syria. The quake is now registered as the 5th deadliest of the 21st Century.
As usual, USGS alerted me of the massive quake on my e-mail feed. I had an itch regarding the quake which just wouldn't stop itching from the moment I received the e-mail. For instance, as news came through I wrote on TBW, my blog: “We could have another Honshu Japan-type earthquake cluster happening right now in Turkey,” I wasn't wrong, in fact, the death count turned out to be more than twice as high as the 2011 Honshu Japan quake—Full story
However, the more I studied this earthquake the more it looked, and felt wrong. The epi-centre of the quake for instance, as we know, was in the middle of a political time bomb, the Middle East—The quake was also recorded less than 100 miles from the controversial Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, which ironically is set to be completed this year, not something the Israelis are looking forward to—The quake was exceptionally shallow, less than 10km deep, and a quake this size in a hugely populated area as this and so shallow would cause maximum damage . . .