The International Information Center for Structural Engineers

One person was killed and 4 were trapped under debris after an 8-story building collapsed in the city of Istanbul, Turkey.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 06 February 2019

A far-reaching plan to demolish some 7 million buildings -cited as earthquake hazards- and rebuild earthquake-resistant structures in their place began in 2012 in Turkey. The Urban Renewal Project will take 20 years to complete and has an estimated cost of $400 billion. After two earthquakes in 2011 in the eastern province of Van that killed more than 600 people, the government decided to take firm steps towards replacing unsafe buildings and renewing aged ones.