8 Great Earthquakes That Happened to Turkey

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Newslatestworld Monday (6/2) morning, an earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale struck Turkey, according to the GFZ in Germany.
At least 670 people were killed in the two areas by the quake, which was felt as far away as Syria.

According to the United States Geological Survey, this is the most significant earthquake to hit Turkey in the past century (USGS).

According to the US Geological Survey, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey in 1939. More than 30,000 people lost their lives because of the earthquake.

Why have there been such devastating earthquakes in Turkey recently?

1. Erzincan, Turkey, Earthquake 1939

Erzincan, the Turkey, experienced the first big earthquake in Turkey on December 27, 1939.

TRT World reports that the magnitude of the earthquake that struck the city at 01:57 local time was 7.7 or 7.8. The calamity claimed the lives of about 33,000 individuals.

As the earthquake struck in the dead of winter, many people lost their lives.

After that, a second M7.0 quake hit the area, prompting Turkey to enact new building restrictions to make the country more earthquake-resistant.

2. The 1944 Bolu-Gerede Earthquake

Bolu-Gerede was rocked by one of Turkey’s most significant earthquakes on February 1, 1944.

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit at 5.22 am local time. There were 2,790 fatalities, and hundreds of buildings were either completely or partially destroyed or damaged.

3. 1973 Bingol earthquake

Another major earthquake that occurred in Turkey was the one that hit the Bingol region on May 22, 1971.

Bingol was struck by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake at 18:44 local time.

Almost every structure in this part of eastern Turkey was damaged or destroyed by the quake. Close to a thousand individuals lost their lives because of it.

4. Izmit, Turkey, Earthquake, 1999

The M 7.6 tremor that hit Izmit on August 17, 1999, was a devastating event. The quake hit at 3:01 a.m. local time.

Over 17,118 people lost their lives as a direct result of the quake. While 50,000 were injured and 500,000 were displaced from their houses.

5. Temblor in Van, Washington, in 2011

Another major earthquake that struck Turkey not too long ago was the quake that hit Van on October 23.
About 640 people were killed, and nearly 2,000 were injured when the earthquake struck at a magnitude of 7.2.

6. In 2020, there will be an earthquake in Elazig.

On January 24, 2020, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck an eastern city in Turkey. There were 41 fatalities and over 1,600 injuries as a result of this accident.

The Turkish Authority for Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD) sent about 400 rescue workers to the area.

7. Samos, Greece, will experience an earthquake in the year 2020

One of Turkey’s strongest and most devastating earthquakes occurred on Samos island on October 30, 2020.

There were 117 fatalities and 1,034 injuries from this magnitude 7.0 earthquake.

According to reports, the earthquake damaged or destroyed more than 700 buildings, including residents’ homes.

8. Kahramanmaras Earthquake will occur in 2023.

Seismologists are calling today’s quake the largest in 100 years.

The magnitude of this earthquake is comparable to the one that hit in 1939.

The German GFZ version of the earthquake states that it was felt in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Cyprus and had a magnitude of 7.7.

As many as 670 people in Turkey and Syria have died as a result of the quake that hit at 4:17 and was centered near Kahramanmaras.

As buildings are still buried under rubble, it is feared that the number of missing individuals will continue to rise.

Source: AFP

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