Turkey commemorates victims of 1999 earthquake

by Daily Sabah

Commemoration ceremonies were held on the 22nd anniversary of one of Turkey’s most devastating earthquakes of the last century. Hours before the exact time of the catastrophic incident and right at 3:02 a.m., locals and families of victims came together at monuments erected in memory of thousands.

The disaster is commonly referred to as the “Marmara” or “Izmit” earthquake, after the region and provincial center it affected the worst, but its epicenter was Gölcük, a town in northwestern Kocaeli province home to a major naval base. To its west, the earthquake wreaked havoc in Yalova and Istanbul as well.

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