Istanbul Meets Earthquake Parks

IMM will open earthquake parks in Ataşehir Deniz Gezmiş and Topkapı on 17 August with the participation of Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu. The opening ceremony will be held at 18.00:39 in Ataşehir Deniz Gezmiş Earthquake Park. The earthquake parks, which Imamoglu's promise, will spread throughout the city in time. In the studies carried out so far, 32 meeting areas with a total size of 21 million square meters and a capacity of 859 million people have been determined for 17 districts. A total of 2 thousand open and 662 thousand 21.00 closed temporary accommodation areas were determined. In addition, a panel titled "Possible Istanbul Earthquake in All Dimensions" will be held at XNUMX:XNUMX in the evening.


The promise of earthquake parks of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğlu has begun to be implemented. First of all, Ataşehir Deniz Gezmiş and Topkapı earthquake parks on both sides of the city will be opened on 17 August with the participation of İmamoğlu. The opening ceremony will be held at 18.00:XNUMX in Ataşehir Deniz Gezmiş Earthquake Park. Over time, the project will spread to other areas determined throughout the city. Earthquake parks will serve as a pre-disaster education and cultural center, and after the disaster, it will serve as a temporary shelter with indoor furniture, tents and food distribution areas.

Parks raise awareness in cities such as Istanbul that have to live with earthquake risk; is preparing the public for the aftermath of the disaster. Established in city centers, these parks offer citizens temporary shelter and emergency solutions in case of disasters. In normal times, it serves as green areas where people escape from the stress of the city. Experts state that earthquake parks not only reduce the effects of disasters but also provide resistance to people.

12 MEASUREMENTS IN LOCATION
A new model was created within the body of IMM Directorate of Urban Transformation for the selection of "Gathering and Temporary Housing Areas" throughout Istanbul. 12 criteria were determined with the contributions of experts. To make the city resistant to all kinds of disasters and risks; it was aimed to increase coping power. According to the new model created, 39 meeting areas with a total size of 32 million square meters and a capacity of 21 million people were determined for 859 districts. A total of 17 open and 2 closed temporary accommodation areas were determined. In the selection of the location, attention was paid to ensure that the size of the open area is at least 662 thousand square meters. The fields have been planned in a way that will provide short or medium term shelter for citizens after the disaster and support rescue efforts.

EARTHQUAKE HAS RECEIVED 20 THOUSAND LIVES IN THE LAST 750 YEARS
3 billion people in the world currently live in hazardous areas in terms of earthquake risk. Approximately 20 thousand people died as a result of earthquakes and natural disasters in the last 750 years. By 2050, the population in metropolitan cities at earthquake risk is expected to double.

POSSIBLE ISTANBUL EARTHQUAKE WITH ALL ITS DIMENSIONS
In addition, experts in their fields will talk about the Istanbul earthquake in all aspects in the panel of "Possible Istanbul Earthquake in All Dimensions" to be held on Monday, 17 August 2020 at 21.00:XNUMX. Assoc. Dr. Eren Uçkan, Deputy Director of IMM Earthquake and Ground Analysis Dr. Emin Yahya Menteşe, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineer, Jacobs Earthquake Engineering Technical Group Co-Chair Dr. Menzer Pehlivan, and GEA Search and Rescue General Coordinator Umut Dinçşahin will attend the seminar, and Maksude Atabay, one of the Istanbul Volunteers, will moderate the seminar.


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