Statement from our Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences:

On February 6th, 2023, two earthquakes occurred, one with a magnitude of 7.7 centered in the Pazarcık district of Kahramanmaraş and the other with a magnitude of 7.6 centered in the Elbistan district of Kahramanmaraş at 04:17 and 13:24 respectively. Kahramanmaraş, Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Diyarbakır, Adana, Adıyaman, Osmaniye, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, and Elazığ provinces were heavily affected by the earthquake.

As of Wednesday, February 17th, more than 45,000 people have lost their lives and over 120,000 people have been injured in Turkey and Syria due to the earthquakes. According to the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization, and Climate Change, a total of 3,009,563 independent units and 684,000 buildings were examined in the earthquake-hit provinces, and 84,726 buildings consisting of 332,947 independent units were identified as collapsed, urgently to be demolished or heavily damaged.

We extend our condolences to those who lost their lives in the earthquakes and wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured. We express our gratitude to the state, private sector, and non-governmental organizations, especially to our noble-hearted citizens, who mobilized all their resources after the earthquake.

Following the earthquake, five faculty members from our Department of Civil Engineering were assigned to conduct inspections in the region. The pre-report studies, including the field inspections and evaluations by our faculty members, are ongoing.

All stakeholders should contribute to the process, according to their expertise, to re-plan and design all cities in our country at standards that will ensure resilience, sustainability, and a high quality of life, ensuring that natural events do not turn into disasters, and related solid action plans should be prepared as soon as possible.

As Işık University, we will continue to work with all our might for the technical skills and professional ethics of Civil Engineers, who play an important role in this process. After this major disaster we experienced, we will do our best to establish collaborations with relevant professional chambers and other universities to update and develop the professional knowledge of all our graduates and civil engineers.

FMV Işık University is an authorized institution that has a Risky Building Identification License Certificate under Law No. 6306 on Transformation of Areas at Risk of Disasters. As FMV Işık University, to prevent earthquakes from turning into disasters, we would like to emphasize that we will fulfill our duties related to not only risky building identification but also the design of new buildings under earthquake impact and the evaluation of earthquake performance and strengthening design of existing buildings. All members of the FMV Işık University community, especially our academic staff, are ready to carry out all necessary work not only to educate good people but also to establish good lives in good cities.

FMV Işık University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

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