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1999 İzmit earthquake

August 1999 earthquake in Turkey

The 1999 Izmit earthquake was an approximately 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck northwestern Turkey on August 17, 1999, at about 3:02am local time. The event lasted for 37 seconds, killing 15,135 people and leaving approximately half a million people homeless. After the quake 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 in Istanbul.

1999 İzmit earthquake
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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; 29.98Coordinates: 40°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