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The Varto-Üstükran earthquake of August 19, 1966, occurred near the east end of the Anatolian fault system in Turkey, very near where an earlier, less intense earthquake had caused damage in 1946. The earthquake had a magnitude 6.8 and it was felt over an area of over 300,000 square kilometers. The epicentral intensity did not exceed IX (MM) and there were signs of faulting over a length of about 30 kilometers. The earthquake killed some 2,500 and wounded 1,300 people. Over 19,000 houses of poor construction were destroyed and 100,000 people were made homeless.

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