1957 Fethiye Earthquake

1957 Fethiye Earthquake

1957 Fethiye Earthquake : In 1957 Fethiye fell victim to a devastating earthquake. The first earthquake hit at 21.17 on April 24 and lasted 25 seconds. And had a magnitude of 7.1. Then Just over 7 hours later a second quake occurred at 04.26 hours on April 25. This Stronger one lasted for 60 seconds having a magnitude of 7.3. These earthquakes also shook many locations around Fethye which was the epicenter. Other places that felt the quake were Isparta, Burdur, Tefenni, Bodrum, Ödemiş. Muğla, Marmaris, Köyceğiz, Acıpayam, Denizli, Nazilli, Aydın. Yatağan, Milas,  Kaş and Finike as well as the Greek islands of Kos, Symi and Rhodes.

1957 Fethiye Earthquake

Approximatley 1500 structures were damaged. Including public buildings such as schools. The hospital the prison the gendarmerie station. Community health center and the city hall. The number of affected people was around 8000. A Large section of the harbor quay broke away and sank into the sea. Road surfaces split and cracked. The earthquake destroyed almost all the entire city. 90% of buildings were damaged.

1957 Fethiye Earthquake Damage


Thanks to the strict evacuation order from the district governor Nazif Okuş after the first quake. The number of dead remained low for such a tragedy. The first count stated only 19 for the city and the villages around. Which then had a population of around 60000. However other sources cited a total of 67 people were killed. 27 in the city and in its villages, 40 in surrounding districts.

Telecommunications were broken as the telephone lines were down. However communications were restored just two days later by the use of field telephones.

Relief came soon after on April 26 from the Turkish Red Crescent. Who brought 2,500 blankets along with 1,350 tents and a field hospital. President Celal Bayar and  Prime Minister Adnan Menderes along with government officials visited the disaster region 3 days after on April 28.

Then on the 29th of April a warship of the British Mediterranean Fleet delivered another 2,000 blankets. 500 tents, medicine and food to the earthquake victims in Fethiye.

In 2013 the mayor of Fethiye held a commemoration event featuring a photography exhibition.