|Magnitude 6.9 Ms|
Date 19 August 1966
|Areas affected Turkey|
|Casualties 2,394 killed, 1,489 injured|
Similar 1995 Dinar earthquake, 1939 Erzincan earthquake, 2014 Aegean Sea Earth, 1998 Adana–Ceyhan earthquake, 1999 Düzce earthquake
The 1966 Varto earthquake occurred on 19 August in Varto town of Muş Province in eastern Turkey. The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.9 on the surface wave magnitude scale and had a maximum felt intensity of IX (Violent) on the Mercalli intensity scale. The fatalities reached 2,394 and 1,489 people were wounded. The earthquake devastated all the structures in Varto.
This disaster was preceded by an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 that hit Varto on 7 March 1966 killing 14 and wounding 75 people.