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TURKEY, 12 November 1999. On November 12, 1999, another devastating earthquake with magnitude 7.2 struck a hilly region of northwestern Turkey spreading death and destruction to Duze, a city of 80,000, the city of Bolu and surrounding villages. This was the second strongest earthquake to strike Northern Turkey in less than three months, since the powerful 7.8 magnitude quake of August 17, 1999 struck the densely populated area near Izmit and killed more than 17,000 people. The November 12, 1999 earthquake was not an aftershock but a different seismic event, apparently along the same western segment of the North Anatolian Fault system. It was felt widely throughout the region, in Istanbul, Ankara and the Eastern Mediterranean coastline. Copyright picture by WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / South African Sports Picture Agency
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