Marmara Sea earthquake reconnaissance report
Report of the NZSEE reconnaissance team on the 17 August 1999 Marmara Sea, Turkey earthquake
On 17 August 1999 a Mw 7.4 earthquake struck western Turkey killing at least 15,000 people and leaving some 600,000 homeless. Three weeks later a New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering reconnaissance team was sent to the area to investigate the causes of the destruction and the reported confusion and delay in the emergency response and to bring back information that will help to better prepare for similar earthquakes in New Zealand. Few new lessons were to be learned in structural behaviour, the numerous collapsed apartment buildings were not adequately designed or constructed for the intensity of shaking they were subjected to. The enormous scale of the disaster and extent of damage far exceeded media reports and simply overwhelmed the emergency response preparations that were in place. New Zealand is ill prepared for a disaster of such magnitude.
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