|UTC time||1999-08-17 00:01:38|
|Local date||17 August 1999|
|Depth||15 km (9.3 mi)|
|Fault||North Anatolian Fault|
|Total damage||3–8.5 billion USD|
|Max. intensity||IX (Violent)|
|Tsunami||2.52 m (8 ft 3 in)|
|Casualties||17,118–17,127 dead |
The 1999 İzmit earthquake was an approximately 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck northwestern Turkey on August 17, 1999. It happened at around 3:01 am local time. The event lasted for 37 seconds, killing 15,135 people and leaving approximately half a million people homeless. The epicenter was in İzmit, which was heavily damaged and where most of the deaths and injuries occurred.
After the earthquake, international support came to the area including former United States President Bill Clinton who visited the people who had been affected from the quake in Adapazarı. The quake also caused damage and the deaths of hundreds of people in Istanbul.
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- "İzmit earthquake of 1999 | Turkey". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2020-08-13.