Heavy earthquake hits south-west coast of Turkey

Heavy earthquake hits south-west coast of Turkey

Photo: USGS

On the southwest coast of Turkey is at the beginning of the night of Thursday to Friday a heavy earthquake with a strength of 6.7 measured. The epicenter of the quake is 10 kilometers from the coast of the tourist resort of Bodrum. So far as known, there are no victims.

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Reports that the United States Geological Survey. The quake was at 1.31 pm local time, 0.31 pm Dutch time) according to the Us geological centre. The European aardbevingscentrum EMSC is reporting that the earthquake a small tsunami has caused.

By the tidal wave as a result of the earthquake were buildings and streets in Bodrum under water. Also fell in many places the stream.

The earthquake was 10 kilometers under seabed is very shallow. According to various messages was the earthquake in the surroundings of Bodrum to feel deep in Greece. The EMSC proposes that more than 7 million people in the earthquake have been able to feel.

A small tsunami is confirmed. AVOID BEACHES IN THE AREA, but you are safe on higher grounds


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23:09 – 20 July 2017


Bodrum is a tourist attraction and popular among the Dutch. The epicenter of the quake is also close to the Greek island of Kos where many Dutch tourists were sitting.

Many hotel guests would have been woken by the violent shaking and several guests standing on the street in anticipation of the messages.

Also from the distant Greek island of Rhodes come messages from the startled Dutch tourists.

About possible casualties and damage is still not known.


Not much later, aftershocks have been in the coastal area of Turkey. The EMSC has at least five aftershocks detected.

In the area near Greece and Turkey are more frequent earthquakes. Turkey is located between the Arabian plate and the Eurasian plate. The sliding of these tectonic plates can quakes cause.

During earthquakes in 1999 in Turkey, approximately 20,000, and in Greece more than 140 people killed.

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