Turkey has a long history of earthquakes, with some of the most significant and deadly earthquakes occurring in the country throughout its history.
557 AD – A powerful earthquake in the region of the Aegean Sea caused widespread damage and loss of life.
17 August 1999 – A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the city of Izmit, Turkey, killing over 17,000 people and injuring more than 44,000. It was one of the deadliest earthquakes in Turkish history.
23 October 2011 – A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the eastern city of Van, Turkey, killing over 500 people and injuring thousands more.
24 February 2021 – A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the eastern province of Elazig, Turkey, killing more than 50 people and injuring over 1,000.
30 November 2020 – A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Aegean Sea, causing significant damage in the western city of Izmir, Turkey.
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These earthquakes, along with many others, highlight the need for improved building codes and seismic safety measures in Turkey, as the country is located on several major fault lines and is highly susceptible to earthquakes.