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This paper is concerned with the seismotectonics of the North Anatolian Fault in the vicinity of the Orta–Çankırı region, and consists of a study of a moderate-sized (Mw=6. 0) earthquake that occurred on 6 June 2000. The instrumental epicentre of this earthquake is far from the North Anatolian Fault Zone (NAFZ), and rapid focal mechanism solutions of USGS–NEIC and Harvard-CMT also demonstrate that this earthquake is not directly related to the right-lateral movement of the North Anatolian Fault. This earthquake is the only instrumentally recorded event of magnitude (Mw) >5.5 since 1900 between Ankara and Çankırı, and therefore provides...

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