Exploring earthquake impact: field investigations and rehabilitation proposals for transport infrastructure in the aftermath of the February 2023 earthquake in Turkey

Renan Sinanmis, Mustafa Ekmekci

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


Turkey is located in a region with a high risk of seismic activity. It ranks among the most susceptible countries to significant seismic events which are called in the form of an earthquake. Earthquakes, as natural phenomena, have the potential to significantly disrupt transportation systems, including critical elements like highways and essential infrastructure. An immediate consequence often arises from communication network breakdowns, which obstruct emergency response efforts. This situation worsens when electricity and communication lines fail, blocking proactive measures. Thus, pre-identifying vulnerable transportation infrastructure becomes crucial for effective disaster management. This study examines a recent Turkish earthquake, highlighting the complex link between seismic events and transportation infrastructure. It utilizes visual data and reports to highlight road networks' importance in disaster response and resilience. It assesses seismic impacts on road networks, proposes repairs, and considers suggestions on structural and geotechnical repairs on roads, viaducts and bridges.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2023
EventInternational Civil Engineering and Architecture Congress - Trabzon, Turkey
Duration: 12 Oct 202314 Oct 2023
Conference number: 3rd


ConferenceInternational Civil Engineering and Architecture Congress
Abbreviated title(ICEARC’23)
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  • Turkey earthquake
  • transportation infrastructre
  • roads
  • viaducts
  • bridges

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