National Geographic : 1940 Mar
Turkey, Where Earthquakes Followed Timur's Trail Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams UPON SUCH ANATOLIANS EARTHQUAKES VISITED MORE VIOLENCE THAN DID JULIUS CAESAR OR TIMUR THE LAME (TAMERLANE) In the last week of December, 1939, the world was shocked at the news of one of the most disastrous earthquakes in recent history, which occurred in northern Anatolia. Tens of thousands of people were killed or maimed by the successive quakes. Floods, blizzards, and bitter cold which followed added to the suffering of the terrified Anatolians. The National Geographic Society's Chief of Foreign Staff, Maynard Owen Williams, previously had visited this region and made the accompanying photographs, which now can never be duplicated.