The 2023 Kahramanmaraş Earthquake Sequence

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The catastrophic loss of life and damage caused by the two earthquakes that struck southern Turkey and northern Syria on 6th February 2023 shocked the world. The earthquake sequence ruptured segments of the East Anatolian Fault zone. As details of the event come to light, we need to consider how to help and what can be done to reduce the risk to life and property from seismicity in the region.

In this Collection we bring together and invite research and opinion ranging from the seismological characteristics of the earthquakes to lessons and strategies for resilience and the human response.

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Satellite image of Earthquake Damage in Kahramnmaras


Dr Luca Dal Zilio is Senior Researcher in Computational Earthquake Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. After obtaining his PhD from ETH in 2019, he joined the Seismological Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as postdoctoral researcher, where he worked on the development and application of physics-based methods to simulate sequences of seismic and aseismic slip. Luca conducts research in the broad field of computational mechanics, earthquake physics, geodynamics, and seismology. His current research interests include the rheology and mechanics of faults, seismic and aseismic slip, crustal deformation, and subduction dynamics. He is particularly interested in the interplay between long-term tectonic space-time scales and seismic space-time scales of rapid and localized earthquake source processes.

Dr Carmine Galasso is the Professor of Catastrophe Risk Engineering in the University College London (UCL)’s Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, UK. Carmine’s research focuses on developing and applying probabilistic and statistical methods and computational/digital tools for catastrophe risk engineering and disaster risk reduction. He is investigating risks to building portfolios and infrastructure exposed to multiple natural hazards, including earthquakes, strong wind, and flooding, with particular emphasis on low-income countries and community-based infrastructure (schools, hospitals, heritage assets). The ultimate goal is to provide society with a sustainable, safer, and more resilient built environment through new engineering research and solutions.

Dr Derya Gürer is a Lecturer in Earth Sciences at the Research School of Earth Sciences at The Australian National University, Canberra, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. Derya’s research evolves around tectonics and the evolution of Earth's lithosphere at various spatio-temporal scales. She applies a combination of field-based methods with laboratory analyses (geochronology, paleomagnetism) to reconstruct subduction, accretion and exhumation from the rock record preserved in ophiolites and forearc basins from the grain scale to the plate scale. Her extensive field experience spans a diverse range of tectonic settings, where she worked in sedimentary basins, metamorphic basement and magmatic terranes. She is particularly interested in relationships between orogenic/plate boundary events and far-field changes in plate motion, as well the long-standing enigma of subduction initiation.

Dr Joe Aslin joined Communications Earth & Environment in January 2020 and has a background in tectonics and structural geology. His doctoral research at the University of Liverpool focused on the physical and chemical processes which influence deformation in mid-crustal fault and shear zones using a combination of field and laboratory techniques. Prior to that, Joe used U-Pb geochronology to investigate the uplift and tectonic history of the central Andes during his MSci research at the University of Bristol.

Dr Stefan Lachowycz joined Nature Geoscience in August 2018, following postdoctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. He received MEarthSci and DPhil degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford. His research involved using field, laboratory, and statistical techniques to collect and analyse lithological, geochemical, geophysical, and geochronological data, primarily to investigate diverse types of volcanic activity.

Dr Sebastian Müller joined Nature Communications in 2018 and handles manuscripts related to solid Earth sciences and planetary geology. He graduated with a PhD in physical volcanology from LMU Munich. Sebastian continued as an NSF research fellow at the University of Hawai’i, working on the characteristics of Hawaiian style lava fountaining at Kīlauea Volcano. He collected further work experience at the Colima Volcanology Research Center (Mexico), the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (West Indies), and the Munich Re Georisk Department.

Dr Mengying Su joined Communications Engineering in January 2022. She completed a Master’s in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, both at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA, where she investigated the augmented heat transfer due to elastic instabilities within low-inertia flows with streamline curvature. Before that, she received her Bachelor’s degrees in Energy and Environment System Engineering from Shandong University, China, including a half-year exchange in Chemistry Department in Umea University, Sweden.