Performance of masonry buildings during the 20 and 27 December 2007 Bala (Ankara) earthquakes in Turkey

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Adanur S.

NATURAL HAZARDS AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES, cilt.10, sa.12, ss.2547-2556, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 10 Konu: 12
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5194/nhess-10-2547-2010
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.2547-2556


This paper evaluates the performance of masonry buildings during the 20 and 27 December 2007 Bala (Ankara) earthquakes. Bala is a township located 50 km southeast from Ankara city in Turkey. The majority of the buildings in the affected region are built in masonry. Most of masonry buildings were formed with random or coursed stone and mud brick walls without any reinforcement. Many of these buildings were damaged or had collapsed. The cracking and failure patterns of the buildings are examined and interpreted according to current provisions for earthquake resistance of masonry structures. The damages are due to several reasons such as poor construction quality and poor workmanship of the buildings. In addition to these reasons, the two earthquakes hit the buildings within seven days, causing progressive damage.