Björn Lund helps us understand the earthquake in Turkey and Syria


"Turkey's geological position makes the country prone to earthquakes. The country is located on the so-called Anatolian Plate, which is sandwiched between three continental plates."

CNDS Fellow Björn Lund, Associate Professor in seismology at Uppsala University and director of the Swedish National Seismic Network (SNSN) has offered several interviews regarding the earthquake that caused enormous material and human losses in Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023.

After nearly three weeks after the first earthquake, over 43 000 people have been confirmed dead in Turkey and Syria. According to seismologist Björn Lund, the earthquacke was felt all the way to Iran, Egypt, Greece and Romania.

The strongest quake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and occurred at a depth of 18 kilometers. The tremors were felt as far away as Cairo, over a hundred miles away. At 11:24, a new 7.5 quake erupted just a few miles from the original quake.

- I can't remember the last time I saw something like this on land of this size, says Björn Lund.

You can fins the interviews in the following sources:

Last modified: 2023-02-01