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1.       turkishcobra
607 posts
 16 Aug 2010 Mon 11:20 pm

 

 

It was 11 years ago and it was Monday night and Tuesday morning again, likewise now. It was nearing to the end of summer, just 6 days ago, when it was 11th August 1999, we had observed the greatest and last solar eclipse of 20th century with our ´solar eye-glasses´, we were just 11 years old kids and for first time we saw the sun hiding behind the moon at that time of noon.

Days passed and we arrived to 16th of August, monday night. Istanbul is suffering dog days again, it is too hot and all windows and doors of block apartments of Bakırköy district, are open threw. (I lived in Bakırköy till I was 15). There are our equals driving bike around the narrow street which is going down to the beach and connecting to Kennedy Avenue. There is a gloom over the buildings and city, as if sky darkened before the time it always does.

Till ten o´clock of night, I rode bike and then went to home. I opened the window of my room and went bed about midnight. I couldn´t sleep even 1 minute until 02.30 a.m., because of that hot! At last, I succumbed and went to the living room to watch TV.

Everything was okay until 03.02, when I started to hear a sound like a monster scream. First, I thought a lorry was passing through the street but it was much more different than a lorry voice.

I saw the room fastly moving and swinging left and right, furnitures were moving and wheeled television table was due to get out of the room. But, much scarier than everything was that voice, that I could never understand what it actually was.

Shake lasted for 45 seconds and it looked like years. When earthquake stopped, my father embraced me and ran to the exit door, with my mother who was crying and embracing my 1 year younger brother. When they opened the door, I heard the screams of our feared neighbour, any of them did understand whap happened.

We left the building - at that moment, electricity cut. We opened the radio of our car, everybody´s ear was at any news that would come from radio. Everybody was really curious about the epicentre and magnitude of earthquake.

We learnt. Epicenter was Gölcük town of Kocaeli. First, they declared the magnitude as 6.7 but they corrected and changed it as 7.4

Kocaeli, Sakarya and Yalova took the heaviest damage. It jolted all Marmara Region and took 17.000 lives.

I wish not to experience same disasters again and I wish peace for our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives because of this disasters.

Why did I tell this? 11 years past, a lot of memories have been forgetten, naturally. And now, scientist forecast another and worse earthquake disaster and this time is much closer to Istanbul, the heart of Türkiye.

What has changed in 11 years? Will we experience the same fear and pains or this time, are we really ready?

 

thx

turkishcobra//

 

 



Edited (8/16/2010) by turkishcobra
Edited (8/16/2010) by turkishcobra

2.       foka
597 posts
 16 Aug 2010 Mon 11:32 pm

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3.       thehandsom
7403 posts
 16 Aug 2010 Mon 11:59 pm

 

Quoting turkishcobra

 

...

Why did I tell this? 11 years past, a lot of memories have been forgetten, naturally. And now, scientist forecast another and worse earthquake disaster and this time is much closer to Istanbul, the heart of Türkiye.

What has changed in 11 years? Will we experience the same fear and pains or this time, are we really ready?

 

thx

turkishcobra//

 

 

 

I dont think much changed during last 11 years.. I think they have been strengthening many structures, specially public buildings like schools etc but there are still many buildings out there.. I think the latest guess is there will be around 30.000 deaths

This is not fate, this is not god´s will  and the last, making earthquake resistant buildings is not a rocket science!!

But somehow, it is not happening!!

We know it will happen, we know people will die but we are unable to stop it!  

4.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 17 Aug 2010 Tue 12:20 am

Considering the ethnical distribution of population in Istanbul, casualties would inlude a great number of our beloved Kurdish citizens.

Goodness of my heart dictates they should all be ordered out of Istanbul to the safety of South Eastern Turkia, but I am afraid of being charged with "forced relocation".{#emotions_dlg.alcoholics}

5.       turkishcobra
607 posts
 17 Aug 2010 Tue 12:31 am

 

 

Not only Kurdish citizens, a lot of people living in other corners of country think that everything is going perfect and there are unlimited job oppurtunities in Istanbul. So, they leave their fatherlands and move to Istanbul without sufficient money to buy or rent a home, so they build their own ones at outskirts of city. And unfortunately Istanbul is welcomed thousands of immigrants every year.

And the result... in next disaster, 30.000 people are supposed to lose their lives. I´m sure that, God shall protect all of us, if Istanbul is hit by a 6.0 scale earthquake right now, I can´t imagine the size of disaster and destruction...

Authorities strengthen the buildings to provide them NOT to get collapsed during earthquake but they don´t consider the ahead. A high number of this strengthened buildings (hospitals, schools and other kind of public buildings) will be unable to be used after main shock, although they won´t get collapsed.

And by the way, they can´t stop immigration, they can´t say "don´t come! turn back!" but they can control it. Becuase, otherwise, Istanbul has been turning into a paper-houses city day by day.

thx

 



Edited (8/17/2010) by turkishcobra

6.       si++
3785 posts
 17 Aug 2010 Tue 09:49 am

Google didn´t forget those who lost their lives on this tragic date.

 

 

Google, have put a special note saying "Marmara depreminde hayatını kaybedenleri saygıyla anıyoruz" (We respectfully remember those who lost their lives suring the Marmara earthquake).



Edited (8/17/2010) by si++

7.       alameda
3499 posts
 18 Aug 2010 Wed 09:33 am

 

Quoting turkishcobra

.......................Why did I tell this? 11 years past, a lot of memories have been forgetten, naturally. And now, scientist forecast another and worse earthquake disaster and this time is much closer to Istanbul, the heart of Türkiye.

What has changed in 11 years? Will we experience the same fear and pains or this time, are we really ready?

I was in Turkey about 6 months after the quake.  I stayed with a earthquake survivor family who taught me to always keep a flashlight, a whistle and some water available all the time.  I had never thought about the importance of a whistle, if you are under rubble it makes it easier to call for help. Keeping a little flashlight has been useful many times even without a earthquake.

 

My sympathies to all who lived through this. I also live in a earthquake zone. I know that sound....like a train. We expect a big one sometime in the near future too. 

 

8.       turkishcobra
607 posts
 18 Aug 2010 Wed 01:46 pm

 

 

I remember that, when it was 13th of September, it was also the first days of schools, a very hot and depressing weather. In İstanbul, Tekirdağ and Kocaeli, government had organized some earthquake conferences at some shcools (at schools with a conference center).

Conference center of my school was at the sixth storey, and it was 300-student capacitied. Afternoon, they called us to the hall and a man told us about earthquakes; how they occure, why they occure, etc...

He said us that aftershocks were gonna continue for some months and maybe for a year and, maybe, another powerful jolt could have hit us at any moment (and it happened, 3 months later, another one with 7.2-magnitude has hit us when it was 12nd of November evening). He warned us to prepare a bag with whistle, a bottle of water, flashlight and a packet of biscuits in it. Yes, we did and for 3 months I slept with an emergency bag under my bed.

And the conference. Unfrotunately we couldn´t complete it because when he was telling us about the structures of earthquakes, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake off-shore Istanbul hit us and guess how it was to feel it in 6. storey! I cant remember how I and other students went down the stairs in such a short time!

They distrubited us to homes. I can remember how I was afraid, and I can remember how I was pleased when I saw and hugged my mother who was sitting in the garden of apartmen with her friends and waiting for me.

thx

turkishcobra //



Edited (8/18/2010) by turkishcobra
Edited (8/18/2010) by turkishcobra

9.       nifrtity
1806 posts
 19 Aug 2010 Thu 07:45 am

 

Quoting turkishcobra

 

 

It was 11 years ago and it was Monday night and Tuesday morning again, likewise now. It was nearing to the end of summer, just 6 days ago, when it was 11th August 1999, we had observed the greatest and last solar eclipse of 20th century with our ´solar eye-glasses´, we were just 11 years old kids and for first time we saw the sun hiding behind the moon at that time of noon.

Days passed and we arrived to 16th of August, monday night. Istanbul is suffering dog days again, it is too hot and all windows and doors of block apartments of Bakırköy district, are open threw. (I lived in Bakırköy till I was 15). There are our equals driving bike around the narrow street which is going down to the beach and connecting to Kennedy Avenue. There is a gloom over the buildings and city, as if sky darkened before the time it always does.

Till ten o´clock of night, I rode bike and then went to home. I opened the window of my room and went bed about midnight. I couldn´t sleep even 1 minute until 02.30 a.m., because of that hot! At last, I succumbed and went to the living room to watch TV.

Everything was okay until 03.02, when I started to hear a sound like a monster scream. First, I thought a lorry was passing through the street but it was much more different than a lorry voice.

I saw the room fastly moving and swinging left and right, furnitures were moving and wheeled television table was due to get out of the room. But, much scarier than everything was that voice, that I could never understand what it actually was.

Shake lasted for 45 seconds and it looked like years. When earthquake stopped, my father embraced me and ran to the exit door, with my mother who was crying and embracing my 1 year younger brother. When they opened the door, I heard the screams of our feared neighbour, any of them did understand whap happened.

We left the building - at that moment, electricity cut. We opened the radio of our car, everybody´s ear was at any news that would come from radio. Everybody was really curious about the epicentre and magnitude of earthquake.

We learnt. Epicenter was Gölcük town of Kocaeli. First, they declared the magnitude as 6.7 but they corrected and changed it as 7.4

Kocaeli, Sakarya and Yalova took the heaviest damage. It jolted all Marmara Region and took 17.000 lives.

I wish not to experience same disasters again and I wish peace for our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives because of this disasters.

Why did I tell this? 11 years past, a lot of memories have been forgetten, naturally. And now, scientist forecast another and worse earthquake disaster and this time is much closer to Istanbul, the heart of Türkiye.

What has changed in 11 years? Will we experience the same fear and pains or this time, are we really ready?

 

thx

turkishcobra//

 

 

 

 All the world saw the solar eclipse i was remmeber that it is happened in my country too

i remmber all the tv channels made advices and warrings to the risk if any one try to see the sun without the sunglasses Iwas very feared and i didnt try to saw the window

I remmber that cleary but i was very young in this days i remmber iam 12 years old in this days

10.       alameda
3499 posts
 19 Aug 2010 Thu 09:10 am

 

Quoting AlphaF

Considering the ethnical distribution of population in Istanbul, casualties would inlude a great number of our beloved Kurdish citizens.

Goodness of my heart dictates they should all be ordered out of Istanbul to the safety of South Eastern Turkia, but I am afraid of being charged with "forced relocation".{#emotions_dlg.alcoholics}

 

I have heard there is an issue of (runaway) homeless boys living in Istanbul parks? At least they are allowed to sleep in the parks. Here, they can´t even sleep in parks. I don´t know what they expect homeless to do.  They sleep in doorways, under highway overpasses, or where ever they can find shelter for a while. Sometimes a few hours, other a few weeks. Then they go in and scoop everything up and they are left with even less. We have whole famlies living in homeless camps, particularly since the home mortgage crisis hit. Being homeless has become a criminal activity, as if anyone wanted to be homeless.

 

When I was living in NYC I knew a young boy, only 15 years old who lived in the streets in my area. He had grown up living in the streets. He told me he never could actually sleep.

Of course, these are the most vulnerable people in cases of disasters.

 

 homeless family



Edited (8/19/2010) by alameda

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