How Istanbul has Prepared Itself in Response to the Threat of Earthquakes

Apr 2007
This document was presented in the 7th Hemispheric Meeting of the Regional Policy Dialogue for the Natural Disasters Network celebrated on April 23rd and 24th, 2007. As Istanbul is a high-risk megacity, vulnerability for natural disasters such as earthquakes is very high. Risk mitigation is not only a technical issue but mostly a legal and socio-political issue and this presentation discusses lessons learned from the recent disaster of the 1999 Marmara earthquakes. Also, this presentation discusses countermeasures and legislative changes for current and future mitigation activities.