Based on stratigraphical and structural evidence, Armijo et al. (1999) considered that the North Anatolian fault has 70–85 km total offset in the Marmara region of northwest Turkey. They also suggested that the fault reached the Marmara region 7–5 Ma. Their main stratigraphic evidence is a major angular unconformity between the Alçıtepe and Kirazlı formations dating the Messinian desiccation and hence providing a time constraint for the propagation of the fault. The structural evidence is a truncated anticline, observed on the Landsat image, separated by the movement of the fault. We disagree with both of these stratigraphic and structural relations....

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