Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
Dalaman fire investigation determines cause to be accidental
Muğla Forest Regional Deputy Director, Enver Demirci, announced yesterday that last week’s forest fire in Dalaman was the result of an accident.
He also stated in response to rumors that the fire was linked to terrorism: “During oıur investigation there was no indication that elements of terrorism caused the fire.”
400 hectares of forest were destroyed by the fire and Demirci went on to say that the areas will not be opened to zoning and construction. He stressed that the forest will remain as a forest.
Ali Yalçın, who works in Muğla Regional Directorate of Forestry, gave information about helicopters flying at night.
There many reasons why most firefighting helicopters (the world over) do not fly at night and they are all related to safety.
Air operations on wildfires are typically conducted in remote locations in mountainous terrain. Operating in those locations is more hazardous than in flat country.
Helicopters doing bucket work are flying at elevations only 200 feet or less above the terrain, which is not enough margin to work with at night. Power lines, smoky air, lack of moonlight over the terrain, and many other hazards often making visibility impossible. The water they drop is also very heavy and, at night, they can’t see the land crews, even with night vision equipment.
Turkish Airlines launches direct flights to Bali island
Turkish Airlines have added Indonesia’s world-famous holiday island Bali to its flight network, they announced on Wednesday.
The Istanbul-Bali direct flights will be operated seven times per week with introductory ticket prices starting at $748, all-inclusive.
“Bali, Indonesia’s most popular holiday island, is flooded by tourists and explorers from all around the world every year,” the airline said.
The island has become Turkish Airlines’ second destination in Indonesia.
Newly discovered canyon in eastern Turkey awes locals
A newly discovered canyon in eastern Turkey is astounding locals with its natural beauty.
The canyon — dubbed Saklıkapı, or hidden door — is located in Elazığ’s Baskil district. Stretching out over 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles) long, the canyon is up to 200 meters (656 feet) deep and rich with flora and fauna.
The canyon was discovered by local, Fethi Ak who spoke to Anadolu Agency saying: “We used to see such places in documentaries, but it turns out that we’ve had one near us all this time.”
Taner Şengün, a geologist at Fırat University in Elazığ, said discovery of the canyon will boost tourism in the province and in Turkey overall.
Source: Daily Sabah
Seafloor study proves earthquake risk in Istanbul for the first time
Researchers of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany), together with colleagues from France and Turkey, have been able to demonstrate for the first time, with direct measurements on the seabed, that considerable tectonic strain has built up again on the North Anatolian fault below the Sea of Marmara near Istanbul.
Tectonic strain build-up along fault zones on land has been regularly monitored for years using GPS or land surveying methods, but this is not possible in seabed fault zones due to the low penetration depth of the GPS satellite signals under water.
Up to now, it has only been possible to get information, for example using land observations, on whether the plate boundaries there are moving or locked.
Over a period of two-and-a-half years, a total of ten measuring instruments were installed at a water depth of 800 metres on both sides of the fault. During this time, they carried out more than 650,000 distance measurements.
GEOMAR geophysicist Dietrich Lange, lead author of the study, said that the build-up of tectonic strain on the North Anatolian fault beneath the sea “would be sufficient to trigger another earthquake with magnitudes between 7.1 to 7.4.
“Our measurements show that the fault zone in the Marmara Sea is locked, and therefore tectonic strain is building up. This is the first direct proof of the strain build-up on the seabed south of Istanbul.”
Source: Science Daily
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates
Fethiyespor signed up four new transfers this week:
Moldavian-born Russian businessman Victor Slivinschi sponsors Fethiyespor for 100,000 Euros.
Russian businessman, Victor Slivinschi signed a 100,000 Euros sponsorship deal with Fethiyespor at a ceremony on Thursday.
Speaking after the signing of sponsorship, Fethiyespor Club President Esat Bakırcı said, “Our Victor friend sponsored Fethiyespor without any conditions. He will help us with 100 thousand euros. We really needed this. Our President Alim Karaca also supported us in this regard. We thank them.”
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.06 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.19 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.65 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.71 TL.
The Euro bought 6.35 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.45 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth