The mayor of Turkey’s capital Ankara is convinced about the source of the recent earthquakes in Canakkale, in the west of the country. Mayor Melih Gökçek claims to have conducted reach and have found out that the earthquakes could have been organized by dark external powers aiming to destroy Turkey’s economy.
An “artificial earthquake” near Istanbul would destroy our economy, Ankara’s Mayor claimed suggesting that the three earthquakes were the result of “earthquake tests” performed by foreign powers before they launch a big earthquake in Istanbul.
Melih Gökçek @melihgokcekENG
An Earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck Canakkale yesterday.I investigated the issue & found that there was a Seismic vessel around.
“Today a serious earthquake occurred in Çanakkale. I have investigated and there is a ship conducting seismic research nearby. What this ship is researching and which country it belongs to should be resolved urgently. I worry about a potential earthquake that could occur artificially. This should definitely be investigated and announced to the public,” Gökçek tweeted.
The Ankara mayor also warned about ships near the Marmara Sea, urging full control for their activities against “potential threats.”
“The blow targeting Turkey right now aims to crush Turkey economically with an earthquake near Istanbul. Some may make fun of me, but I am worried about this. All submarines and ships with large equipment near Istanbul, the Marmara Sea and Çanakkale should be monitored,” he added.
But the clever mayor did not stop here. After several tweets, he blamed Fetullah Gulen and his organization FETO for triggering the earthquakes. Erdogan’s government blames Gulen for being behind the failed coup in July 2016.
Melih Gökçek @melihgokcekENG 4h4 hours ago
Remember,I’ve broadcasted FETO’s speech regarding August 2016 Earthquake on TV’s.After the E.quake,they’re planning to call FETO a”Mahdi”
economic crisis with the help of the major Earthquake (artificial) in Istanbul. Some people may mock this issue but I do care about it…
Çanakkale has been shaken by three earthquakes over the past two days with magnitudes of 5.3 and 5.2, which have caused minor damage to a number of buildings. The earthquakes have also jolt the Greek islands of Lesvos and Chios near the epicenter.
Gökçek’s conspiracy theory of “artificial earthquakes caused by dark external forces” is not new. First time it went around was in 1999, when two powerful earthquakes occurred in Turkey and Greece.
On 17. August, a powerful 7.4 R tremor hit Izmit, some 100km east of Istanbul, Turkey, killing thousands of people and destroying large part of the heart of the country’s economy.
On 7. September, a 6 R earthquake hit the north-west of the Greek capital Athens. More than 100 buildings (among them three major factories) collapsed, 146 people were killed.
Search and rescue teams from both countries were deployed and helped each other.
The conspiracy theory of that time was claiming that it was the Americans who had caused these two earthquakes with the aim to bring the two neighboring countries closer, after the Imia crisis (1996) and the Ocalan crisis (winter 1998-1999) had brought them on the verge of a war.
Meanwhile in sober Greece, seismologists are concerned about the intense seismic activity in the area, saying the fault line causing the three earthquakes has produced an 6.6 R strong earthquake in the past.
PS “a ship conducting seismic research nearby”? No worries, Mr Mayor. Most probably it is a Turkish vessel searching for oil or natural gas.