Dammit! “‘70 pct of buildings in #Istanbul not quake resistant’

Some 70 percent of buildings in Istanbul are not earthquake resistant, while about 90,000 buildings need to be demolished and rebuilt, a geoscientist has stated.

Following the 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes that shook the southern provinces and claimed more than 45,960 lives, a possible major quake in Istanbul has come back to the agenda.

Providing information on buildings quality in Istanbul, geoscientist Okan Tüysüz from Istanbul Technical University reminded that approximately 1.2 million houses are located in the metropole.

Some 70 percent of them are not earthquake resistant, Tüysüz noted, adding that nearly 90,000 buildings in the city should be either demolished and rebuilt, or strengthened.

Thousands of İstanbulites request earthquake inspection after Maraş quakes, says official

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The İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has received 76,000 applications for building inspections for an earthquake, an official said yesterday (February 23).

Since the powerful Maraş earthquakes on February 6, there has been a significant increase in the number of applications, said Özlem Tut, who heads the municipality’s earthquake risk management department.

Is it sensible, safe or even good taste to visit Turkey now?’ A local guide offers advice

In my own case the earthquakes occurred in theweek that I was to lead a winter tour of Istanbul and Cappadocia. Prior to the disaster

Toys thrown to pitch by Besiktas fans for children affected by Turkey earthquake – video

Thousands of teddy bears and other stuffed toys were thrown on to the pitch during a match in Istanbul between Besiktas and Antalyaspor

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President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked for people’s forgiveness in Hatay, southern Turkey, after the massive earthquakes on February 6.

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