Bingöl is a small, modern
provincial capital city known mostly
for its earthquakes.
On May 1, 2003, a serious
quake killed over 100 people
and injured 1000. Scores of students
were rescued from a boarding school
flattened by the quake, but scores
of others were killed by the collapse.
Modern Bingöl (alt.
1150 meters/3773 feet, pop. 50,000)
dates only from 1935, when it was founded
near the village of Çapakçur,
near the intersection of the Elazığ-Tatvan
and Erzurum-Diyarbakır roads.
Although the small city itself is
new, this area has been inhabited for
over 4000 years.
There's an Urartian
fortress 20 km (12 miles) south
in the Murat River valley, a ski
area 22 km (14 miles) west off
the Elazig road, and the Kös
hot springs 18 km (11 miles)
NE at Fahran.
Distances & Travel Times
km (539 miles) W, 13 hours
km (87 miles) S, 2 hours
Elazığ: 146 km (91 miles) W,
km (111 miles) E, 3 hours
km (815 miles) W, 20 hours
km (152 miles) W, 4 hours
Muş: 110 km (68 miles) E, 1.5
km (210 miles) E, 5 hours