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Message from Susan Tubbesing <skt(--nospam--at)eeri.org>
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
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News Release
Contact: Susan K. Tubbesing,
Phone: (510) 451-0905, 
(510) 451-5411 fax
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 499 14th Street, Oakland,
California 94612

				THE EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING RESEARCH INSTITUTE 
 					SENDS RECONNAISSANCE TEAM TO TURKEY

A ten-member team from EERI has arrived in Istanbul and is carrying out
a field investigation of the devastating earthquake that struck western
Turkey, near Izmit, an industrial city of 1 million people,
approximately 55 miles southeast of Istanbul. The powerful quake
occurred at 3:02 a.m. local time on August 17th.  Now reported as a
magnitude 7.4, the quake has killed more than 7,000 people, injured
thousands more, and destroyed innumerable buildings, bridges, industrial
plants, and critical lifelines throughout western Turkey. The death toll
is expected to climb much higher, as thousand remain missing. 

The EERI team is led by T. Leslie Youd, Geotechnical Engineer, BYU, and
includes: Mark Aschheim, Structural Engineer, MAE Center, U of Illinois;
Polat Gulkan, Civil Engineer, Middle East Technical University; Roy
Imbsen, Structural Engineer, Imbsen Asso.; Gayle Johnson, structural
engineer, EQE International; John Mander, highway engineer, MCEER, SUNY
Buffalo; William Mitchell, political scientist, MCEER, Baylor
University; Halil Sezen, Structural Engineer, PEER Center, U of
California, Berkeley; Mete Sozen, Structural Engineer, Purdue
University; F.H. (Bert) Swan, geologist, Geomatrix ; Peter Yanev,
structural engineer, EQE  International.

The team, supported by the National Science Foundation as part of EERI's
Learning from Earthquakes Program, is expected to spend approximately
one week in the field and will provide preliminary information to EERI's
members and others via the EERI Newsletter and web site.  For more
information on this reconnaissance investigation or to link to other
information sources for this earthquake, please visit the EERI web site
at:  www.eeri.org.  

EERI is a national, non profit professional association dedicated to
reducing earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of
earthquake engineering, by improving understanding of the impact of
earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political and cultural
environment, and by advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for
reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.
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