There are reports coming from Turkey which say that the massive Ataturk Dam in southeast Turkey has cracked as a result of the recent earthquakes in the region. The dam, which is a crucial structure of the GAP South East Anatolia Project, is the third largest in Turkey and holds a reservoir area of over 800 square kilometers and an estimated water volume of almost 50 cubic kilometers. If the dam were to break, it would devastate an estimated area of 30 square kilometers near the dam. Dr. Nasi Goryur, a Turkish professor of seismology, tweeted, “I am calling out to those concerned. Check the dams in the area.” Reports also say that the Lake Midanki Dam in northern Syria has also been affected.
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