Articles | Volume 12, issue 8
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 2709–2718, 2012
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 2709–2718, 2012

Research article 27 Aug 2012

Research article | 27 Aug 2012

Structural damages observed in state buildings after Simav/Turkey earthquake occurred on 19 May 2011

Y. S. Tama Y. S. Tama
  • Department of Civil Engineering, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey

Abstract. Different levels of damages occurred in state buildings, especially in educational facilities, during the Simav earthquake (ML=5.7) on 19 May 2011. A site survey was carried out in the area after the earthquake, where six state buildings were examined in detail. The results of the survey showed that main reasons for the formation of damages in these buildings are the use of low strength concrete, insufficient reinforcement, inappropriate detailing, and low-quality workmanship. The investigated buildings were also evaluated by P25-rapid assessment method. The method demonstrates that two of the buildings in question are in "high risk band"; the other two fall into "detailed evaluation band", and the rest are in the "low risk band". This figure also matches with the damages observed in the site survey.