Earthquake Web Site at UT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Information about the recent earthquake in Turkey is available at a new University of Tennessee World Wide Web site.

Dr. Rick Williams, a geophysicist in UT-Knoxville’s geology department, has copied the original earthquake information Web site built by scientists in Turkey.

The UT site at http://geophysics.gg.utk.edu/izmit/earthquake.htm mirrors the original site but is quicker and easier to access, Williams said.

“Scientists in Turkey did an excellent job putting together the information on a Web site,” Williams said, “but the computer server in Turkey is so heavily used, it sometimes operates quite slowly.

“We mirrored it here at UT to help students, scientists and the general public gain quicker information about this catastrophic and geologically significant event.”

The UT site includes photos of the damage, aerial photos of the fault, geologic maps, and seismic records that reveal the staggering strength of the earthquake.

The earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale occurred at 1:37 a.m. local time, August 17, near the town of Izmit in western Turkey. The Associated Press has reported more than 12,000 people dead and about 35,000 injured.