1999 İzmit earthquake

Coordinates: 40°49′N 29°59′E / 40.81°N 29.98°E / 40.81; 29.98
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İzmit earthquake
Collapsed buildings in İzmit after the 1999 earthquake
1999 İzmit earthquake is located in Turkey
1999 İzmit earthquake
UTC time1999-08-17 00:01:38
ISC event1655218
Local date17 August 1999 (1999-08-17)
Local time03:01
Duration37 seconds
Magnitude7.6 Mw
Depth15 km (9.3 mi)
Epicenter40°49′N 29°59′E / 40.81°N 29.98°E / 40.81; 29.98
FaultNorth Anatolian Fault
Areas affectedTurkey
Total damage3–8.5 billion USD
Max. intensityIX (Violent)
Peak acceleration.3–.4g
Tsunami2.52 m (8 ft 3 in)
Casualties17,118–17,127 dead
43,953–50,000 injured

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.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "İzmit earthquake of 1999 | Turkey". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2020-08-13.