Damage during the 6-24 February 2017 Ayvacik (Canakkale) earthquake swarm

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Livaoğlu R., Timuragaoglu M. Ö., Serhatoğlu C., Döven M. S.

NATURAL HAZARDS AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES, vol.18, no.3, pp.921-934, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


On 6 February 2017 an earthquake swarm began at the western end of Turkey. This was the first recorded swarm in the Canakkale region since continuous seismic monitoring began in 1970. The number of earthquakes located increased during the following 10 days. This paper describes the output of a survey carried out in the earthquake-prone towns in the area of Ayvacik, Canakkale, Turkey, in February 2017 after the earthquakes. Observations of traditional buildings were made on site at the rural area of Ayvacik. A description of the main structural features and their effects on the most frequently viewed damage modes were made according to in-plane, out-of-plane behavior of the wall regarding construction practice, connection type, etc. It was found that there were no convenient connections like cavity ties or sufficient mortar strength resulting in decreased and/or lack of lateral load bearing capacity of the wall. Furthermore, distribution maps of damaged/undamaged buildings according to villages, damage ratios, structures and damage levels are generated. Distribution maps showed that damage ratio of structures is higher in villages close to epicenter and decrease away from epicenter except Gulpinar, where past experiences and development level affect the construction quality.