5.5 magnitude – Van, Eastern Turkey


Acording to EMSC, a magnitude 5.5 shallow earthquake hit region of Van and Ercis, the location of devastating earthquake magnitude 7.2 on October 23 2011. Epicenter was 34 km NW of Van and  37 km SW of Ercis (38.714°N, 43.133°E). EMSC reports about epicenter depth of 5 km (3.1 miles). USGS recorded 5.6 magnitude at depth of 9.4 km (5.8 miles). DEPREM measured 5.4 magnitude at depth of 6.9 km (4.3 miles).

USGS PAGER issued green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses.

Given the current situation on the location it has a large chance of demolishing or further damaging existing homes. It is also potentially unsafe for those in moderately damaged buildings.

The current number of houses collapsed and damaged from 7.2 earthquake are as follows according to TRCS:

  • Collapsed – 2900 (in the order of 19000-26000 people)
  • Severely Damaged – 25,750 (Uninhabitable) (in the order of 190000-265000 people)
  • Moderately Damaged/Slightly Damaged – 40,800.
  • Undamaged – 33,422.

The current death toll is at 604. The injury toll was in the order of 4152. The number of homeless as calculated through the CEDIM methodology for the current building losses is around 241,000 (up from around 183,000). (EarthquakeReport)

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