Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Turkey earthquake update

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale sent shockwaves through the holiday town of Fethiye and the Greek island of Rhodes this week.

Several people were injured when they leapt from buildings, but there were no deaths, and there have been no reports of British injuries.

Fethiye resident Caitlin McDiarmond says the quake lasted around 30 seconds. “We often get earthquakes here but I haven’t felt one that strong before,” she said. “It was frightening at the time, I hope there aren’t any more.”

Fethiye was hit by an earthquake earlier in the week.

Earthquakes happen almost every day in Turkey, which has a number of fault lines. Last October, more than 600 people were killed in the eastern province of Van after a 7.2 earthquake. In fact, most of the major Turkish earthquakes in the past 50 years occurred in Turkey’s northeast province and weren’t even felt in the southeastern regions, which is around 1,800 kilometres away (the same distance that separates London from Prague).

The main thing to remember is that (very sadly) the casualties of Turkey’s earthquakes are the poor, living in overcrowded buildings built by greedy developers who bribe officials to circumvent any safety checks.

Please read here for more information on Turkey’s building regulations, and for tips on how to safeguard yourself against personal and property damage during and after an earthquake.