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Earthquakes and Structures
  Volume 5, Number 3, September 2013, pages 343-357

Seismic response of buildings during the May 19, 2011 Simav, Turkey earthquake
Burak Yön, Erkut Sayln and Teoman S.Koksal

    On May 19, 2011 an earthquake struck Simav district of Kütahya which located west of Turkey. According to Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), magnitude of this earthquake was ML = 5.7. In this earthquake 2 people lost their lives and considerably damages occurred in the city center and surrounding villages. Damaged structures in the earthquake area did not have adequate earthquake resistance since low quality materials, poor workmanship and improper selection of the structural system. In this study, reasons of damages and failure mechanism of reinforced concrete and masonry buildings were evaluated.
Key Words
    Simav earthquake; reinforced concrete buildings; masonry buildings; ground motions
Department of Civil Engineering, Firat University, Elazlg, Turkey
Earthquake Division of the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, Ankara, Turkey

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