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It is possible to suggest that a major earthquake is one of the most sudden unpredictable and certainly terrifying events on earth Earthquakes evidently shatter our assumption that we live on solid ground and are lethal because they happen without warning When looking in particular at the Izmit Earthquake in Turkey in 1999 and observing the causes the material damage the effects and the human costs one may suggest that it is little wonder that such disasters have been recorded for centuries The Causes A major earthquake is one of the most sudden unpredictable and terrifying events on earth Earthquakes are lethal because they happen without warning and while long term forecasts can be made accurate short terms predictions are extremely difficult No warnings were given to Izmits earthquake which meant the damage was almost double If this earthquake was predicted it would have made things a little easier for everyone The Material damage With the 1999 Turkey earthquake on August 17th in Izmit reaching 74 on the richter scale it was a terrifying time for both owners of buildings businesses and many households Officials from the Anatolian news agency suggested that more than four thousand buildings were severely damage As this town was in a devastation state many who survive this large earthquake were standing and sleeping on streets of fear for another quake As there is tents being set up near parks street corners and ruins it is believed after a week at least one third of Izmits residents are still sleeping rough About a week after the quake one survivor said I feel like Im dead too Im living in a dead city and winter is just around the corner and I have no clothes The Courier Mail August 1999 Pg 4 The Effects People and man-made structures are the most vulnerable to earth-quakes whereas wide open spaces are much less vulnerable The
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