August 17, 1999 3:00am Magnitude-7.4
Izmit Bay Tsunami Survey
Aug 22 - 26, 1999
A large Earthquake occured in Western Turkey on the Northern Anatolian
Fault. Along with this earthquake, it was suspected that a tsunami also
occurred along the coast of Izmit Bay, in the Sea of Marmara. A Survey
team from USC went to Turkey on Saturday August 21, 1999 to investigate
reports of a tsunami.
The team consisted of Dr. Ahmet Yalciner a visiting USC professor who
is from Turkey, Dr. Costas Synolakis, and Jose Borrero. Joining the
group on the second day were Martin Eskijian and John Freckman of the
California State Lands Commision, whose interests were the effect of
the earthquake and tsunami on marine oil transfer facilities..
The group was able to determine that the reports of the tsunami were
true with maximum runup of 2.5 m along the northern coast of the bay
and 1 to 2 m on the southern coast.
words and numbers in red are links to the
photos and descriptions of that region
The numbers are in the order which we surveyed the area.