Effect of 6 February 2023 Kahramanmaraş Earthquake on Rural Structures


  • Pınar Usta Evci Isparta University of applied sciences
  • Ayşe Arıcı


Earthquake, Masonry, Rural area, Rural building


The 6 February Kahramanmaraş Earthquake was a significant seismic event that occurred in the rural areas of Kahramanmaraş, Turkey. This study aims to evaluate the impact of the earthquake on rural buildings and assess their structural performance. By analyzing the damage patterns and structural vulnerabilities, valuable insights can be gained to enhance the seismic resilience of rural buildings. The research methodology involves comprising visual inspections in the affected regions. The collected visual inspection data includes information about building types, construction materials, structural characteristics, and observed damages. The earthquake damage is categorized based on severity levels, ranging from minor cracks to complete structural failure, allowing for a detailed analysis of the performance of rural buildings. The findings of this study will contribute to the understanding of the seismicity of rural buildings in the Kahramanmaraş region and provide crucial insights for future mitigation and preparedness efforts. The results will help inform the development of appropriate building codes, guidelines, and retrofitting strategies to enhance the resilience of rural communities against future earthquakes. Ultimately, the evaluation of the effect of the 6 February Kahramanmaraş Earthquake on rural buildings will lead to improved seismic safety practices, ensuring the protection of lives and assets in similar rural areas prone to earthquakes. The research outcomes will be valuable for engineers, urban planners, and policymakers involved in disaster risk reduction and seismic resilience initiatives at both regional and national levels.