The North Anatolian Fault (NAF) (Turkish: Kuzey Anadolu Fay Hatt?) is an active right-lateral strike-slip fault in northern Anatolia which runs along the transform boundary between the Eurasian Plate and the Anatolian Plate. The fault extends westward from a junction with the East Anatolian Fault at the Karliova Triple Junction in eastern Turkey, across northern Turkey and into the Aegean Sea for a length of 1500 kilometers. It runs about 20 km south of Istanbul. The North Anatolian Fault is similar in many ways to the San Andreas Fault in California. Both are continental transforms with similar lengths and slip rates. The Sea of Marmara near Istanbul is an extensional basin similar to the Salton Trough in California, where a releasing bend in the strike-slip system creates a pull-apart basin.
Since the disastrous 1939 Erzincan earthquake, there have been seven earthquakes measuring over 7.0 in magnitude, each happening at a point progressively further west.Seismologists studying this pattern believe that each earthquake may trigger the next. By analyzing the stresses along the fault caused by each large earthquake, they were able to predict the shock that hit the town of ?zmit with devastating effect in August 1999. It is thought that the chain is not complete, and that an earthquake will soon strike further west along the fault - perhaps near the heavily populated city of Istanbul.
|1939 Erzincan||7.8||32,700+ dead and 100,000+ injured|
|1942 Niksar-Erbaa||7.0||~3,000 dead|
|1943 Tosya-Ladik||7.2||2,824 dead|
|1944 Bolu-Gerede||7.2||3,959 dead|
|1949 Karl?ova||6.7||320 dead|
|1951 Kur?unlu||6.9||50 dead and 3,354 injured|
|1957 Abant||7.1||52 dead|
|1966 Varto||6.9||2,394 dead and 1,489 injured|
|1967 Mudurnu Valley||7.1||86 dead, 332 injured|
|1992 Erzincan||6.7||498+ dead and 2,000+ injured|
|1999 ?zmit||7.6||17,118+ dead and 43,953+ injured|
|1999 Düzce||7.2||845+ dead and 4,948 injured|