Earthquakes may have varied effects on the ways in which they affect the human settlement and activities that are conducted on a daily basis. The natural disasters that result from the geographical activities of earthquakes affect the settlement patterns and the human activities that might be of use when it comes to earning a daily life. Earthquakes have adverse effects on the housing and settlement of people. They are forced to change the way they were initially structured which makes it difficult to cope with the new ways of life. They are also driven into hard economic situations where they have to source for money to reconstruct their destroyed buildings within their settlement areas.
Earthquakes have adverse effects of destroying the property of people where millions of money can be lost as a result of the destruction goods belonging to people. Governments are faced with great challenges trying to compensate all the lost goods as an effort to comfort the people who are involved in the natural disaster as victims. Therefore, the situation leads to the effect on the whole country which is affected by striking the economy. There is a general setback in a country that is trying to fight its way up in the scale of the world economy. The money that could be channeled to other activities that can be of value is instead used for programs that can reconcile the country and regain stability within the people who were affected. In the end, the lost property and the time taken to heal and recover from the mess may drag and specific country back in their normal activities? Lastly, there is a factor of life within a country.
Earthquakes and natural disasters may result to the loss of life within a country. The loss of people’s lives within the country could be very devastating because they are an important arm of the government. They form part of the healthy workforce that is responsible for building the nation. Therefore, losing huge numbers of lives could be drastic by causing traumas to the affected families and making the country a mourning ground before they have completely recovered.
BUILDING AND HOUSING IN 1999:
It is alleged that after the strike that Turkey received fifteen years ago of a devastating earthquake that took place in Marmara region in the year 1999, there are insufficient measures that are being taken in order to ensure that the place is not vulnerable to another earthquake of a huge magnitude as such.
The earthquake that caused the huge destruction in Turkey had a magnitude of 7.4. The earthquake made a series of destructions within the country by leaving at least eighteen thousand people dead and a huge percentage of the population disabled in the Marmara region. The country is faced with a huge challenge trying to bury the lost lives and to make a life for the survived population which was disabled.
The major risk factor within the country is that even though there are visible efforts to reconstruct the entire country and regain stability, they are not sure of when they will be stricken by another huge magnitude earthquake in their country. There is still much to be done to ensure that they are not vulnerable to the natural disasters that could affect their livelihoods.
Looking at the general statistics of the buildings that were destroyed in the earthquake case in turkey, it was seen that a total of eighty buildings were destroyed the earthquake due to its huge magnitude. The destruction of a total of eighty buildings was a major blow and challenge to the government of Turkey. Their infrastructure was destroyed and in this case they had to develop new measures that could counter the effects of the destruction. Planning and management of new systems was to be immediately erected so as to counter the effect of the huge earthquake that had taken place. We realize that the country experienced a setback in trying to reconstruct all the buildings that were destroyed in Turkey in order to regain the normal activities that were taking place in the country. Money that could be directed in other sectors of the economy including transport and communication, security, and the health sector were in the end-pumped in coming up with new buildings and structures that were mandatory in order to keep the normal activities in the country moving.
A statistical view of the buildings that were broken down by an earthquake in Turkey shows that there were a total of eighty buildings that collapsed to the ground in Ercis. The buildings that were broken down included a school dormitory that was meant to offer a place to sleep for children in school. Another destruction that took place is the collapse of ten other buildings in Van area. According to the information provided by the Turkish Red Crescent, the buildings that were broken down in this case included public serving buildings such as school structures, government buildings and offices, pubic serving buildings such as hospitals, and even security centers.
Therefore, a clear view of all the structures that were broken down indicates that the government of Turkey had no choice but to develop a system in which all the structures were to be reconstructed. The government of Turkey had suffered a huge loss by having most of the public serving building units broken down within an instance. Due to the nature and services the structures were offering to the public, it was necessary that immediate measures be taken to ensure that they were all re-erected to continue serving their purposes. A second issue that came with the destruction of the buildings is that all the public activities that were taking place within the structures had to stop until the time the country was in a position to develop new systems that could compensate for the damages. Most of the activities that were important, like learning activities in schools were put to a stop until new buildings were to be constructed. The government at this time had a huge task of ensuring that all the structures that had been damaged were to be reconstructed at the same time they were to ensure that the individuals who were affected were taken care of both medically and psychologically in order for them to regain their stability.
Buildings are one of the major parts of the infrastructure and a growing economy. The earthquake that stroke Turkey in 1999 with a huge magnitude of 7.4 was a great blow to the economy where the aftermath of the effects is still being felt. Even though efforts are being made to ensure that such a disaster never occurs again, the country is still seen as vulnerable to another earthquake strike.