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Today in history - Tragic earthquake in Turkey
Earthquake in İzmit, Turkey - 17.08.1999
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Earthquake in İzmit, Turkey - 17.08.1999
Today in history - August 17, 1999

On 17 August 1999 happened a great tragedy in the territory of Turkey. In 1999 occurred Izmit earthquake on the Richter scale strikes northwestern Turkey. The tragic earthquake measured 7.6 magnitude. The event of earthquake lasted for 37 seconds, but killed more than 17.000 people and damaged totaled $ 6.5 billion, making it one of the most devastating earthquakes of the 20th century.

The main epicenter of the earthquake was Izmit, which is located 65 miles  from Istanbul and on the Noth Anatolian fault line.

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