Neha Patil

1992 Erzincan earthquake

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Origin time  17:18:41 UTC
Depth  20 km (12 mi)
Total damage  $13.5 million
Magnitude  6.7 Mw
Type  Strike-slip
1992 Erzincan earthquake
Date  13 March 1992 (1992-03-13)

On 13 March, the 1992 Erzincan earthquake struck eastern Turkey with a moment magnitude of 6.7 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). Originating on the North Anatolian Fault, it rocked the country, leaving at least 498 people dead, roughly 2,000 injured, and an unknown amount missing. Total financial losses amounted to $13.5 million (American dollars).

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GeologyEdit

Eastern Turkey is dominated by the North Anatolian Fault. The Erzincan basin lies on the intersection of this fault on its northern side. Monitored by more than 10 seismographs, this basin has also provided focal points to at least one past earthquake in 1939.

EarthquakeEdit

At 6.7 on the moment magnitude scale, the earthquake was designated as "strong". It was responsible for more than 490 deaths, spread throughout the country of Turkey. More than 3,000 aftershocks rocked the area afterwards.

AftermathEdit

The provision of housing following the earthquake is now listed by the Chamber of Civil Engineers in Turkey as one of Fifty civil engineering feats in Turkey.

References

1992 Erzincan earthquake Wikipedia


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