We felt the earthquake when we were having lunch in the campus restaurant. I guess this was the biggest one I felt since the notorious 17 August 1999 quake. However, this was a quiet moderate one compared to that. But it showed that Istanbul is not ready for a major quake. All public funds since 1999 have been spent on other issues but definitely not for earthquake preparation… A former minister, Mehmet Şİmşek, once said they spend the money on building more highways…
It was so bad that all major GPS companies failed in communications and it was to share other tools in case of emergencies.
Between 1939 and 1999 a series of devastating M7+ strike-slip earthquakes propagated westward along the North Anatolian Fault Zone, beginning with the 1939 M7.8 Erzincan earthquake on the eastern end of the North Anatolian Fault system. The 1999 M7.6 Izmit earthquake, located on the westward end of the fault, struck one of Turkey’s most densely populated and industrialized urban areas killing, more than 17,000 people.
An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude shook Istanbul on Thursday, causing panic among residents, the evacuation of schools and public offices,
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