1966 Varto earthquake

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1966 Varto earthquake
1966 Varto earthquake is located in Turkey
1966 Varto earthquake
Date 19 August 1966 (1966-08-19)
Magnitude 6.9 Ms
Epicenter 39°12′N 41°36′E / 39.2°N 41.6°E / 39.2; 41.6Coordinates: 39°12′N 41°36′E / 39.2°N 41.6°E / 39.2; 41.6
Areas affected Turkey
Casualties 2,394 killed, 1,489 injured

The Varto earthquake of 1966 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.[1] The fatalities reached 2,394 and 1,489 people were wounded. The earthquake devastated all the structures in Varto.[2][3]

This disaster was preceded by an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 that hit Varto on 7 March 1966 killing 14 and wounding 75 people.[4]

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