Seismotectonic database of Turkey

Duman T. Y. , ÇAN T., Emre O., Kadirioğlu F. T. , Basturk N. B. , Kılıç T., ...More

BULLETIN OF EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING, vol.16, no.8, pp.3277-3316, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10518-016-9965-9
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.3277-3316


Turkey is located in one of the most seismically active regions in the world. Characterizing seismic source zones in this region requires evaluation and integration of geological, geophysical, seismological and geodetical data. This first seismotectonic database for Turkey presented herein was prepared, under the framework of the National Earthquake Strategy and Action Plan-2023. The geographic information system (GIS)-based database includes maps of active faults, catalogues of instrumental and historical earthquakes, moment tensor solutions and data on crustal thickness. On the basis of these data, 18 major seismotectonic zones were delineated for Turkey and the surrounding region. The compilation and storage of the seismotectonic data sets in a digital GIS will allow analyses and systematic updates as new data accrete over time.