The Mw 7.2 earthquake of 23 October 2011 struck an area of Eastern Anatolia with a long historical record and a long earthquake history. The earthquake occurred in a region of rather complex tectonics resulting from the collision of the Arabian and Eurasian continental plates (Tchalenko, 1977; Barka and Reilinger, 1997; McClusky et al., 2000; Sandvol et al., 2003; Armijo et al., 2005). Several studies have recognized the recent and present activity of both the main regional structures and their complex system of conjugate faults (Tchalenko, 1977; Ambraseys,...

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