1999 İzmit earthquake

When did this happen? August 17, 1999
Where did this happen? İzmit, Turkey
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1999 İzmit earthquake: What happened?

The 1999 İzmit earthquake (also known as the Kocaeli or Gölcük earthquake) was a 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck northwestern Turkey on 17 August 1999, at about 3:02am local time. The event lasted for 37 seconds, killing around 17,000 people and leaving approximately half a million people homeless. The nearby city of Izmit was very badly damaged.


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