Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkiye.
Curated from various news sources.
Snowfall grips Istanbul again, country under new cold wave
A new cold wave has brought the country under its grip, disrupting life, forcing schools to close and provinces being issued weather alerts.
Some 17 out of Turkiye’s all 81 provinces cancelled in-person education until March 21 due to heavy snowfall, including Turkiye’s largest metropolis Istanbul, which has been hit by a third wave of snow in the last three months.
The Turkish State Meteorological Service declared a “yellow alert” for some 26 provinces and an “orange alert” for eight cities.
Meteorologists especially warned residents of the Marmara region, the western provinces of the Black Sea region and the eastern and southeastern provinces of heavy snowfalls, with the risk of avalanches in the east, frost in the Central Anatolian provinces and strong winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour in the country’s western coastal provinces.
This video clip courtesy of Fethiye Haber Bülteni shows how windy it was in Fethiye on Saturday.
A “yellow alert” is issued when there is a “potential threat by a weather event.”
Meteorologists rarely issue “orange alert,” which signifies a possibility of damage and loss in a “dangerous weather situation.”
The adverse weather also affected air traffic in Istanbul. Turkiye’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines cancelled 100 flights in Istanbul’s two airports on March 19.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Adverse weather in Istanbul refills dams
Water levels in the dams supplying water to Istanbul reached an average of 85% as the snow left behind after the cold spell is now melting. Two dams touched the full mark while Alibeyköy, one of the dams hit worst by a dry spell last year, is now at nearly 80% capacity.
It was only a few months ago that goats were grazing on the dried-up reservoir bed where boats are now sailing. Two-meter (6.5-feet) high barbed wires erected on the dried part of the reservoir to keep people off are now almost entirely submerged. The dam was at only about 17% of its capacity about four months ago.
Winter precipitation has brought the levels to the highest in the past 12 months. On March 16, 2021, the average water level in dams was around 62%.
Source: Daily Sabah
Çanakkale 1915 Bridge spanning Dardanelles Strait opens to traffic
The Çanakkale 1915 Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge spanning the Dardanelles Strait in Turkiye’s largest metropolis Istanbul, is open to traffic.
Following an official opening ceremony on Friday, March 18, which also marks the 107th anniversary of the Çanakkale Victory and Martyrs’ Day, the Çanakkale 1915 Bridge in the Dardanelles Strait will be recognized as the longest suspension bridge in the world, with its main span of 2,023 meters, surpassing the Akashi Kaikyö Bridge in Japan by 32 meters.
The construction of the bridge started on March 18, 2017, and, after exactly five years, it was finally open to traffic.
The bridge also has some encoded characteristics symbolizing some elements of Turkish history. The height of the bridge towers is 318 meters, indicating the “Day 18 of the third month.”
Above the towers, there are four monuments symbolizing huge cannonballs a Turkish soldier carried on his back amid the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.
The length of the bridge’s main span of the bridge is 2,023 meters, which is also a reference to the next year 2023, which marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
‘Groundbreaking’ Turkiye earthquake discovery sparks call for new risk assessments
Just as earthquakes are triggered by the movement of tectonic plates, they can also change plate motions and the likelihood of future tremors, experts studying an episode in Turkiye have warned – leading to calls for vital quake risk models to be re-evaluated.
Like bits of congealed skin floating on top of a bowl of custard, Earth’s tectonic plates sit atop the mantle, driven into constant glacial motion by a combination of convection currents in the underlying mantle and the effect of gravity pulling plates down at subduction zones. As the plates slowly scrape past each other they can stick, with stress building up in the rock around the plate margins until such suddenly ruptures along a fault line, releasing a vast amount of energy in the form of an earthquake. For seismologists, it was long assumed that this process represented a one-way mechanism, with earthquakes being driven by plate motion and not the other way around — until now.
In a new “groundbreaking” study, geophysicist Dr Juan Martin de Blas of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and his colleagues combined extensive GPS data with an analysis of the earthquakes that struck the district of İzmit, in Turkiye’s Kocaeli province, back in 1999.
Seismologists determined that the focus of the earthquake lay some 9.3 miles under İzmit, and is part of a series of movements along the North Anatolian Fault dating back to 1939.
The researchers’ investigation has revealed that, since the earthquake, the tectonic plate on which Turkiye sits — the “Anatolian Plate” — has changed its direction of movement.
Furthermore, the team said, this shift appears to have altered the frequencies of seismic activity in the region around Turkiye.
The researchers have said that their findings call for a re-evaluation of earthquake risk models that are based on the interpretation of data collected from the monitoring of tectonic plate movements.
British government to guarantee €2.1bn loan for Turkish high-speed line
The British government announced it will guarantee a €2.1bn loan to finance the 503km Ankara – Izmir electrified high-speed line in Turkey.
The financing is led by Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered Bank and will be guaranteed by UK Export Finance (UKEF) through its Buyer Credit Scheme. The financing meets internationally recognised sustainability standards and is aligned with the Green Loan Principles. Reinsurance is also being provided by international export credit agencies such as SACE in Italy, SERV in Switzerland and OeKB in Austria, reducing the risk to the British taxpayer.
The 250km/h line will run from the capital to the port city via Afyonkarahisar, Kütahya, Uşak, and Manisa. The funding is the first UK-supported rail transaction in Turkey for more than 160 years.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Sunday’s match against Tepecikspor due to take place on Sunday was cancelled due to the bad weather.
With 26 matches played, Fethiyespor remains in second place on the league table.
Sunday 27th March at home against Karaköprü Belediye. The kick-off is at 14:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 19.51 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 19.28 TL.
The US Dollar bought 14.80 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 14.79 TL.
The Euro bought 16.38 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 16.13 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Sunset over Ördek Adası” by Lyn Ward