2003 Bingöl earthquake

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2003 Bingöl earthquake
2003 Bingöl earthquake is located in Turkey
2003 Bingöl earthquake
Date 1 May 2003 (2003-05-01)
Origin time 00:27 UTC [1]
Magnitude 6.4 Mw [2]
Depth 15 km (9.3 mi) [1]
Epicenter 38°57′N 40°24′E / 38.95°N 40.4°E / 38.95; 40.4Coordinates: 38°57′N 40°24′E / 38.95°N 40.4°E / 38.95; 40.4 [1]
Type Strike-slip [2]
Areas affected Turkey
Max. intensity IX (Violent) [3]
Peak acceleration .55g [3]
Landslides Yes [3]
Casualties 177 killed, 520 injured [2]

The 2003 Bingöl earthquake hit eastern Turkey with a moment magnitude of 6.4 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent) on 1 May at 03:27 local time. The epicenter of this strike-slip earthquake was in Bingöl Province, 15 km north of Bingöl. At least 177 people were killed, and 625 buildings collapsed or suffered heavy damage in the affected region. Eighty-four of the fatalities occurred when a dormitory block collapsed in a boarding school in Celtiksuyu.[4]

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