1999 Düzce earthquake

The 1999 Düzce earthquake occurred on 12 November at 18:57:22 local time with a moment magnitude of 7.2 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), causing damage and at least 845 fatalities in Düzce, Turkey. The epicenter was approximately 100 km (62 mi) to the east of the extremely destructive 1999 İzmit earthquake that happened a few months earlier. Both strike-slip earthquakes were caused by movement on the North Anatolian Fault.

1999 Düzce earthquake
Duzce 1999 earthquake damage Bilham 892.jpg
Building damage in Düzce (NOAA/Bilham)
1999 Düzce earthquake is located in Marmara
1999 Düzce earthquake
1999 Düzce earthquake is located in Turkey
1999 Düzce earthquake
UTC time1999-11-12 16:57:22
ISC event1650092
Local date12 November 1999 (1999-11-12)
Local time18:57:22[1]
Magnitude7.2 Mw[1]
Depth13.7 km (9 mi) [1]
Epicenter40°49′N 31°12′E / 40.82°N 31.2°E / 40.82; 31.2Coordinates: 40°49′N 31°12′E / 40.82°N 31.2°E / 40.82; 31.2 [1]
FaultNorth Anatolian Fault
Areas affectedTurkey
Total damage$1 Billion [3]
Max. intensityIX (Violent)[3]
Casualties845–894 dead [2]
4,948 injured [2]
55,000 displaced [2]

Tectonic settingEdit

The western and central parts of Turkey lie on the eastern part of the Anatolian Plate, which is currently being forced to the west by the continuing northward movement of the Arabian Plate. In northern Turkey, this westward motion is taken up by a major zone of dextral (right-lateral) strike-slip, the North Anatolian Fault. The 1999 Düzce event is the most recent in a sequence of large earthquakes that have affected the North Anatolian Fault, starting towards the eastern end with the 1939 Erzincan earthquake, then propagating towards the west with events in 1942, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1957, 1967 and finally the 1999 İzmit event. At its western end the North Anatolian Fault splits into two main segments, with the northern of these giving rise to the 1999 earthquakes.[4]


The earthquake had an estimated magnitude in the range 7.1–7.2 on the moment magnitude scale. The International Seismological Centre gives a magnitude of 7.16±0.1 for this event in their catalogue. The maximum measured intensity was IX at a seismometer about 4 km from the epicentre, with a peak ground acceleration of 147.80%g and a peak ground velocity of 113.02 cm/sec.[5]

Ground ruptureEdit

A surface rupture of 40 km was identified in the field along the Düzce Fault, part of the northern splay of the North Anatolian Fault. This was extended by an additional 15 km at the eastern end using SPOT imagery.[6] The maximum identified lateral displacement was 5 m, with an average displacement of 3 m. At the western end of the fault, there was a maximum 3.5 m of vertical displacement.[4]

Rupture propagationEdit

Analysis of seismometer records suggests that the rupture propagated towards the east faster than the S-wave velocity (supershear) and to the west slower than the S-wave velocity. Supershear rupture propagation is characteristic of strike-slip earthquakes, particularly on fault segments that are relatively simple and planar in geometry.[6]


Düzce and surrounding areas had already been quite badly affected by the İzmit earthquake a few months earlier, so that many buildings were already in a weakened state when the November earthquake struck.

The number of fatalities in Düzce is recorded as 478, with an additional 313 in the town of Kaynaşlı and 48 in the city of Bolu.[7] A significant number of deaths were attributed to the presence of traditional heaters causing fires and related smoke effects, particularly in Kaynaşlı.[8]

Relief effortsEdit

Following criticism of their response to the İzmit earthquake, the Turkish government reacted quickly to the November earthquake, with rapid deployment of military personnel, police and medical teams to the area.[9] Field hospitals were provided by teams from Russia, Japan, Egypt and Israel.[10] Search and rescue teams were sent from many countries including Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Israel, United Kingdom, United States, Greece, Germany, Russia, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Algeria, Sweden and Switzerland.[11][12] An estimated 2,000 rescuers were present, including 150 search dogs.[13]

Many of those made homeless by the earthquake were temporarily placed in encampments, but this was problematic as the weather was generally wet and temperatures at night were at or near freezing and many of the tents were not "winterized".[14] A year after the earthquake, about 7,500 people were still living in tents with about 30,000 accommodated in prefabricated houses.[15]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d ISC (2016), ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900–2012), Version 3.0, International Seismological Centre
  2. ^ a b c d USGS (September 4, 2009), PAGER-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2008_06.1, United States Geological Survey, archived from the original on 2020-03-13
  3. ^ a b National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS) (1972), Significant Earthquake Database, National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K
  4. ^ a b Akyüz H.S.; Hartleb R.; Barka A.; Altunel E.; Sunal G.; Meyer B.; Armijo R. (2002). "Surface Rupture and Slip Distribution of the 12 November 1999 Düzce Earthquake ( M 7.1), North Anatolian Fault, Bolu, Turkey" (PDF). Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. 92 (1): 61–66. Bibcode:2002BuSSA..92...61A. doi:10.1785/0120000840.
  5. ^ United States Geological Survey. "M 7.2 – western Turkey". Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  6. ^ a b Konca A.O.; Leprince S.; Avouac J-P.; Helmberger D.V. (2010). "Rupture Process of the 1999 M w 7.1 Duzce Earthquake from Joint Analysis of SPOT, GPS, InSAR, Strong-Motion, and Teleseismic Data: A Supershear Rupture with Variable Rupture Velocity" (PDF). Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. 100 (1): 267–288. Bibcode:2010BuSSA.100..267K. doi:10.1785/0120090072.
  7. ^ Rathje E.M.; Stewart J.P.; Baturay M.B.; Bray J.D.; Bardet J.P. (2006). "Strong ground motions and damage patterns from the 1999 Duzce earthquake in Turkey" (PDF). Journal of Earthquake Engineering. 10 (5): 693. doi:10.1142/S136324690600289X.
  8. ^ Celik S.; Corbacioglu S. (2013). "16". In Kapucu N.; Hawkins C.V.; Rivera F.I. (eds.). Interorganizational Coordination; Analysis of 2011 Van Earthquake. Disaster Resiliency: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Routledge. p. 320. ISBN 9781136239953.
  9. ^ Kinzer S. (14 November 1999). "Death Toll Nearing 400 in Friday's Quake in Turkey". New York Times.
  10. ^ UN Development Programme (19 November 1999). "Situation Report 8: Duzce Earthquake, Turkey".
  11. ^ Senkul O. (16 November 1999). "Mission Ends for Foreign Teams in Turk Quake Zone".
  12. ^ Senkul O. (14 November 1999). "Turks bury dead, search for quake survivors".
  13. ^ Rescue And Preparedness In Disasters (14 November 1999). "Turkey earthquake deployment".
  14. ^ UN Development Programme (18 November 1999). "Situation Report 7: Duzce Earthquake, Turkey".
  15. ^ Deutsche Presse Agentur (10 November 2000). "Life still difficult a year after Turkish earthquake".

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