Earthquakes and Rural Structures

Karaman S., Gökalp Z.

International Conferance on Sustainable Development, Skopje, Macedonia, 19 - 23 October 2016, pp.181-185

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Skopje
  • Country: Macedonia
  • Page Numbers: pp.181-185


Earthquakes occurred every year in various parts of the world cause serious loss of life and property. Such disasters also have negative impacts on country economies. About 30% of world population lives in rural sections and majority of casualties, damages and other physical hazards are experienced in rural parts. In case of a severe earthquake, casualties and injuries, livestock casualties, damaged buildings and other damages are mostly observed in rural structures. In various parts of the world, majority of the damages are also observed in rural structures because of improper site selections, poor-quality construction materials or local materials, improper design of these buildings and structures. Therefore in rural structures, earthquake-resistant structures should be constructed with light-weight durable materials to provide life safety of people living in these regions and to provide great contributions to country economy.