Eastern Turkey Earthquake 2011: Latest Facts, News, Photos & Maps

The United States Geological Survey reported that an M 7.2 earthquake struck in the Van Province of Turkey on Sunday, October 23, 2011, not far from the border with Iran, at 13:41 (10:41 GMT). Some 600 people died, 4,100 were injured, and nearly 2,260 buildings have been destroyed in the disaster zone, with the town of Ercis the worst hit. The death toll is expected to rise as outlying areas are reached. About 200 aftershocks have hit the region including one of magnitude 6.0 late on Sunday.¹ As the full extent of the damage became clear, desperate survivors dug with bare hands into the collapsed steel and concrete, trying to rescue the trapped and the injured. The Turkish Red Crescent sent tents, blankets and other supplies to the area.² Turkey lies in one of the world's most active seismic zones and is crossed by numerous fault lines. In 1999, two earthquakes with a magnitude of more than 7 struck northwestern Turkey, killing about 18,000 people. More recently, a magnitude 6 quake in March 2010 killed 51 people in eastern Turkey, while in 2003, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake killed 177 people in the southeastern city of Bingol.³

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Additional details and purchasing information for each of these 4 technical reports is available through MCEER Publications.

  • Marmara, Turkey Earthquake of August 17, 1999: Reconnaissance Report
  • MCEER 00-0001
  • Assessment of Performance of Bolu Viaduct in the 1999 Duzce Earthquake in Turkey
  • MCEER 02-0001
  • Methodologies for Post-Earthquake Building Damage Detection Using SAR and Optical Remote Sensing: Application to the August 17, 1999 Marmara, Turkey Earthquake
  • MCEER 04-0004
  • MCEER Response: Kocaeli (Izmit), Turkey Earthquake
  • MCCER 99-SP02

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