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Akin Sirnen & the Turkish Earthquake

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Akin Sirnen & the Turkish Earthquake On the 17th of August 1999 in Western Turkey, also known as Kocaeli an earthquake struck at 3am. The destruction happened in poorer areas where experts say that the buildings there had broken building regulations and had been made of beach sand, which is not hard and strong enough to withstand the weight of a block of flats. The epicentre of the earthquake was at a town called Izmit in the densely populated north of Turkey, this was where the earthquake hit Turkey its hardest and caused complete devastation. The earthquake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale, which is one of the largest earthquakes in the world. The last earthquake happened in 1754, but that was nothing compared to this one, even though that did make many buildings fall down and many fires damaged their economy. Izmit sits astride the north annotation fault so that is was obvious that an earthquake would take place some day. ...read more.

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He said ' where is my mummy and daddy'. This map shows many towns that have been badly damaged by the earthquake in western turkey. It shows the amount of deaths in that town as well. This picture shows a poor residential area in Izmit where the houses have fallen down. This shows how cold it was in turkey when the earthquake struck. Rescue teams found it difficult to move as bridges and roads had been destroyed. They were cracked and was totally wrecked, rescue teams had to come up with other solutions to get to the injured. Thousands of people slept in the open air the following nights and made tents from their clothes for shelter, but at least they wouldn't be hit by aftershocks that would happen in due time. Bodies were buried quickly in mass graves, so that there would not be out bursts of cholera and other diseases. ...read more.

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In the future turkey should have a reliable team of building inspectors that inspect recently built buildings so that they can keep a record of building that have been built with the correct materials and know weather it is safe for people to live in. They should also suggest certain ways in which that particular building could be strengthened to withstand earthquakes for longer or to withstand it completely so that people have longer to get out of the building. They should introduce new building laws so that earthquakes do not create as damage and reduce the number of deaths that earthquakes cause. All the people should be given a booklet and an emergency pack that tells them what to do if an earthquake does occurs. Turkey and other countries that have frequent earthquakes should have these booklets and packs for survival if they are trapped in rubble. ...read more.

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