1992 Erzincan earthquake

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1992 Erzincan earthquake
1992 Erzincan earthquake is located in Turkey
1992 Erzincan earthquake
Date 13 March 1992 (1992-03-13)
Magnitude 6.9 Ms
Depth 27 km
Epicenter 39°42′36″N 39°36′18″E / 39.71°N 39.605°E / 39.71; 39.605Coordinates: 39°42′36″N 39°36′18″E / 39.71°N 39.605°E / 39.71; 39.605 [1]
Areas affected Turkey
Casualties 498

On 13 March, the 1992 Erzincan earthquake struck Eastern Turkey. Originating on the North Anatolian Fault, it rocked the country, leaving more than 497 people dead, roughly 2,000 injured, and an unknown amount missing.


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.[2]


At 6.7 on the Richter 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.[3]


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.


  1. ^ NGDC. "Comments for the Significant Earthquake". Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  2. ^ et al. Grosser, Helmut (October 1998). "The Erzincan (Turkey) Earthquake (Ms 6.8) of March 13, 1992 and its Aftershock Sequence". Pure and Applied Geophysics (Birkhäuser Basel) 152 (3): 465–505. Bibcode:1998PApGe.152..465G. doi:10.1007/s000240050163. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Today in Earthquake History: March 13". 18 December 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2010.