Damage during the 6–24 February 2017 Ayvacık (Çanakkale) earthquake swarm

Livaoğlu, Ramazan; Timurağaoğlu, Mehmet Ömer; Serhatoğlu, Cavit; Döven, Mahmud Sami

On 6 February 2017 an earthquake swarm began at the western end of Turkey. This was the first recorded swarm in the Çanakkale 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 Ayvacık, Çanakkale, Turkey, in February 2017 after the earthquakes. Observations of traditional buildings were made on site at the rural area of Ayvacık. 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 Gülpınar, where past experiences and development level affect the construction quality.



Livaoğlu, Ramazan / Timurağaoğlu, Mehmet Ömer / Serhatoğlu, Cavit / et al: Damage during the 6–24 February 2017 Ayvacık (Çanakkale) earthquake swarm. 2018. Copernicus Publications.


Rechteinhaber: Ramazan Livaoğlu et al.

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