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USGS Scientists Available for Additional Earthquake Information
Released: 8/17/1999

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Diane Noserale 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4333 | FAX: 703-648-6859

Pat Jorgenson
Phone: 650-329-4011

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have been closely tracking the major earthquake that struck near Izmit, Turkey, early this morning, local time. The temblor, which registered 7.8 on the Richter scale, was centered near Izmit, about 55 miles east-southeast of Istanbul and about 165 miles west-northwest of Ankara. Note that magnitude information is preliminary and may change as additional data becomes available.

The following resources are available to provide background information relevant to this quake and other earthquakes in history. Interviews can be arranged with scientists with expertise on:

parameters for this event;
general geology and seismology;
historical earthquakes;
earthquake data gathering.

Other sources of information are available on the web including:

Parameters and map for this event: http://www.usgs.gov

Earthquake basics, historic earthquake data: http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/earthq1/ and http://wwwneic.cr.usgs.gov/

Significant earthquakes for 1999: http://wwwneic.cr.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/sig_1999.html

Webcam of National Earthquake Information Center: http://wwwneic.cr.usgs.gov/neis/seismo_cam/

A technical report from 1996 on the North Anatolian Fault in the region of the earthquake is on: http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/study/deformation/anatolia-revGJI

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