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Deadly Quake Kills Dozens in Turkey

Posted by feww on March 8, 2010

UPDATE: Turkey Quake Death Toll Reaches 41: Local Sources

Strong Earthquake Measuring 6.0Mw Strikes Eastern Turkey

The quake struck at a depth of about 2 km with the epicenter located at 38.82°N, 40.50°E, on March 8, 2010 at 02:32:34UTC European Mediterranean Seismological Center reported.

The mainshock was followed by at least a dozen aftershocks, as of posting, the largest of which measured 4.4Mw.

Up to several dozen people have been killed, as of posting.  The victims were from the small village of Okcular, where dozens of houses collapse in the earthquake various sources reported a local official as saying.

  • Magnitude: 5.9 [Max Mag Estimated at 6.0Mw by Fire-Earth]
  • Region: EASTERN TURKEY
  • Date time: 2010-03-08 at 02:32:33.5 UTC
  • Location: 38.82 N ; 40.05 E
  • Depth: 2 km
  • Distances:
    • 74 km E Elazig (pop 298,004 ; local time 04:32 2010-03-08)
    • 16 km S Karakoçan (pop 29,735 ; local time 04:32 2010-03-08)
    • 105 km (65 miles) SSE of Erzincan
    • 625 km (390 miles) E of ANKARA (Capital of Turkish Capital)

10-degree Map Centered at 40°N,40°E


EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Image Edited and Enhanced by FEWW.

Seismic Hazard Map of Turkey

Other Maps

Tectonic Summary

The tectonic map of Turkey includes the North Anatolian fault, East Anatolian fault, and Hellenic and Florence trenches. The westward movement of the Anatolian block results from (1) differences in rates of motion between the Arabian and African plates, (2) different directions of motion between the Anatolian block and Eurasian plate to the north, and (3) subduction of the African plate beneath the Anatolian block at the Hellenic and Florence trenches. The Arabian plate is moving to the north faster than the African plate, both relative to a stable Eurasian plate. The result is a westward moving wedge incorporating most of Turkey. (Source: USGS)

Seismicity Map of Turkey


Seismicity Map of Turkey shows the location of a M6.4 earthquake which struck on May 1, 2003, close to the epicenter of today’s earthquake.

Seismic Hazard Setting

Tectonic Map of Turkey


Historic Earthquakes and Fatalities (Turkey)

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  3. feww said

    MAJOR AFTERSHOCK STRIKES NEAR EPICENTER – MORE CASUALTIES MAY BE EXPECTEd
    Summary:
    Magnitude mb 5.6
    Region EASTERN TURKEY

    Date time 2010-03-08 at 07:47:42.3 UTC
    Location 38.82 N ; 40.22 E
    Depth 10 km
    Distances 87 km E Elazig (pop 298,004 ; local time 09:47 2010-03-08)
    22 km SE Karakoçan (pop 29,735 ; local time 09:47 2010-03-08

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