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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.

1966 Varto earthquake
1966 Varto earthquake is located in Turkey
1966 Varto earthquake
UTC time1966-08-19 12:22:12
ISC event844692
USGS-ANSSComCat
Local date19 August 1966 (1966-08-19)
Local time14:22:12
Magnitude6.8 Mw [1]
Depth24.7 km (15 mi) [1]
Epicenter39°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 affectedTurkey
Max. intensityIX (Violent) [2]
Casualties2,394–3,000 dead [2]
1,420–1,500 injured [2]

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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  1. ^ a b c ISC (2017), ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900–2013), Version 4.0, International Seismological Centre
  2. ^ a b c USGS (September 4, 2009), PAGER-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2008_06.1, United States Geological Survey
  3. ^ [1] (in Turkish)
  4. ^ Boğaziçi Üniversitesi. "Bogazici University Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute National Earthquake Monitoring Center (NEMC) List of earthquakes 1900–2004" (in Turkish). Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  5. ^ [2] (in Turkish)

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