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MCEER Response: Kocaeli Turkey Earthquake, August 17, 1999

f6-3.jpg (38962 bytes)Early in the morning on Tuesday, August 17, 1999, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck along the Anatolian fault in the northwestern region of Turkey. Epicentered approximately 11 km southeast of the industrial city of Izmit (Kocaeli), the earthquake lasted 45 seconds and was felt over thousands of square miles in Turkey's most densely populated region. Commercial and residential buildings from Adapazari to Instanbul collapsed resulting in large-scale loss of life. Within days, MCEER dispatched a number of researchers to the region -- several as part of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) reconnaissance team -- to examine the earthquake's impacts. The chief MCEER-sponsored results generated in the immediate aftermath are the following :

MCEER Preliminary Report: Kocaeli (Izmit) Earthquake of August 17, 1999
MCEER Preliminary Report: Kocaeli (Izmit) Earthquake of August 17, 1999 (.pdf  1.2 mb)
Preliminary Report by Charles Scawthorn (.pdf, 3.5 mb)
MCEER Reconnaissance Photos
EQNET Links for the Earthquake of 8/17/99


In addition, the center has subsequently published a full-length report on the August 17,1999 event

The Marmara, Turkey Earthquake of August 17, 1999: Reconnaissance Report

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