Strong and damaging M 5.3 earthquake hit Turkey near Sirnak and Syria border


Strong and damaging earthquake with recorded magnitude of 5.4 hit Turkey near Sirnak and Syria border on June 14, 2012 at 05:52 UTC according to USGS. Epicenter was located 31 km (19 miles) S of Sirnak, Turkey (37.237°N, 42.495°E). Recorded depth by USGS was 9.6 km (6.0 miles).

The Kandilli Observatory seismology center reported a magnitude 5.5 earthquake and depth of only 5.4 kilometers (3.3 miles).

The populated area Silopi (pop 74,798) is just 5 km far from epicenter area. Aftershocks continue.

At least 18 people have been injured by jumping out of windows and general panic in Silopi. Part of a minaret has also collapsed.

The 18 people wounded in various parts by the panic caused by the earthquake have been discharged from hospital. Aftershocks continue to occur and people are waiting outside. People have been warned not to go back into their homes. The Silopi State Hospital patients due to the earthquake were administered aid in tents.

An initial damage assessment will be undertaken with some slight damage to houses.

Magnitude 5.3
  • Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 05:52:53 UTC
  • Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 08:52:53 AM at epicenter
Location 37.237°N, 42.495°E
Depth 9.6 km (6.0 miles)
Distances 31 km (19 miles) S of Sirnak, Turkey
60 km (37 miles) NW of Dahuk, Iraq
114 km (70 miles) NNW of Mosul, Iraq
893 km (554 miles) ESE of ANKARA, Turkey
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14.6 km (9.1 miles); depth +/- 4.1 km (2.5 miles)
Parameters NST=302, Nph=302, Dmin=378.5 km, Rmss=0.71 sec, Gp= 65°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usb000aflu


Historical seismicity – since 1990

Featured image: Google Earth + USGS

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