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February 16, 2023

Earthquake in Turkey exposes gap between seismic knowledge and action — but it is possible to prepare

  • Past efforts by Turkey to strengthen building codes have been hampered by weak implementation of the rules.
    University of Pittsburgh

    AP Photo/Bernat Armangue [enlarge]
    An excavator works among the debris of collapsed buildings from last week’s earthquake in Antakya, southeastern Turkey.

    Two days after a devastating earthquake struck, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited one of the worst affected areas and declared that it was “not possible to be prepared for such a disaster.”

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