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The Izmit Turkey Earthquake, August 17, 1999

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck western Turkey on August 17, 1999. Unlike the quake which struck southern California two months later, this one occurred in a heavily populated area, and caused substantial loss of life and property damage.

The quake occurred on one of the world's best studied faults, the North Anatolian which bears a strong resemblence to the San Andreas fault in California.

ground rupture zone A well-expressed mole track in the soft ground near Izmit.
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bridge rail Note the 2.8 meter offset of the railing before and after the bend.
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canal Note the displacement of the canal wall.
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displaced row of trees The offset stream bank of the Sakarya River. The tree lines record an offset of 3.3m.
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Credit: All photos by USGS

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