EERI Reconnaissance Report now available

April 4, 2012 by  
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The EERI reconnaissance report for this earthquake is now available for download. The report has been prepared by a small team of investigators, led by Ayhan Irfanoglu of Purdue University. Team members include Rafael Alaluf, Ricardo Hernandez and Cemalettin Donmez. EERI Special Earthquake Report


Purdue Experts Try to Help Quake-Tossed Turkey

November 16, 2011 by  
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Purdue University civil engineer Ayhan Irfanoglu traveled to his native country of Turkey recently to investigate the collapse of buildings in  Ercis, Turkey after the 7.2 earthquake.  Irfanoglu is part of an Earthquake Engineering Research Institute rapid response team that has expressed that a lot...


M5.7 Earthquake Near Van on November 9, 2011

November 14, 2011 by  
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Another earthquake on November 9, 2011 occurred near Van.  There were at least 18 new collapses of buildings and structural damage can be observed in buildings that were also weakened by the October 23 earthquake of magnitude 7.2.  The CNN news article and a video of the rescue teams at the collapse...


Earthquake Report from the General Directorate of Disaster Affairs

November 1, 2011 by  
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The report is available in Turkish here. You can also go to the General Directorate of Disaster Affairs – Earthquake Research Department website for more information at: http://www.deprem.gov.tr/sarbis/Shared/Anasayfa.aspx.


Seismic Hazard Setting map

October 31, 2011 by  
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  Base map from http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eq_depot/2003/eq_030501/neic_tgac_maps.html Source:  USGS


Performance of a strenghtened school building

October 29, 2011 by  
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There is a strengthened school building in Ercis. This is a 4-story RC frame with original and added shear walls. Non-structural damage is moderate. Original frame of the structure have bad quality concrete and workmanship. Original shear walls of the structure along the north-south direction has honeycomb...


Damaged Minarets

October 29, 2011 by  
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There are at least three mosques damaged in Ercis. Collapsed and damaged minarets


October 28th Observations from Van

October 29, 2011 by  
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After getting totally soaked up by a cold rain all day yesterday, we woke up for a sunny day. Due to the scarity of the avaliable vehicles and transportation need of a new dispatch of METU group, we stayed in Van. I have been drifted a way from the group for checking up the structural health of...


Ongoing Strengthening of a Building in Van

October 28, 2011 by  
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This is a building in which seismic strengthening was ongoing before the earthquake. Please see the formwork for new concrete shear wall added at ground level. At the time of the earthquake, those shear walls were not poured yet, but the building still stood the strong 7.2 Mw arthquake in Van. General...


Moderate to Heavily Damaged Social Security Administration Building

October 28, 2011 by  
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General view of the structure Heavily damaged interior column Collapse of interior partition walls made of concrete blocks along the corridor Spalling plaster of the exterior infill walls, and heavily damaged exterior concrete column.


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