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)
Origin time 12:22:12 UTC [1]
Magnitude 6.8 Mw [1]
Depth 24.7 km (15 mi) [1]
Epicenter 39°14′N 41°34′E / 39.24°N 41.57°E / 39.24; 41.57Coordinates: 39°14′N 41°34′E / 39.24°N 41.57°E / 39.24; 41.57 [1]
Areas affected Turkey
Max. intensity IX (Violent) [2]
Casualties 2,394–3,000 dead [2]
1,420–1,500 injured [2]

The 1966 Varto earthquake occurred on 19 August with a moment magnitude of 6.8 a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). At least 2,394 were killed and up to 1,500 people were injured in the town of Varto in the Muş Province of eastern Turkey.

The earthquake devastated all the structures in Varto.[3][4] This disaster was preceded by an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 that hit Varto on 7 March 1966 killing 14 and wounding 75 people.[5]

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