Site visit in Cerrik and Belsh; Inspection of damages from earthquake

May 27th, 2014

Site visit in Cerrik and Belsh; Inspection of damages from earthquake

Site visit in Cerrik and Belsh; Inspection of damages from earthquake

On May 27th 2014, the 4th year students of Civil Engineering department, together with some of the lecturers visited the towns of Cerrik and Belsh. The academic members of the team participating in this site visit were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yavuz Yardim, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Bilgin, MSc. Enea Mustafaraj and Ress. Assist. Aksel Seitllari. The team inspected some of the buildings that were damaged due to the 5.0 magnitude earthquake whose epicenter was the town of Cerrik.

The unreinforced buildings which were built in the late 1950s, suffered from many structural problems. Due to the seismic shaking, detachment of the slabs from the load bearing walls  was seen. The walls are at risk of out-of-plane failure as the earthquake has tilted them from vertical.

The team noticed that the buildings in which the owners had done some interventions using additional strengthening elements (RC beams) had suffered from less damage.

In the town of Belsh, a town close to the epicenter in Cerrik, the situation was different. The buildings had suffered less damage. However, there was a school which was built in 1990s  that was damaged and became unusable due to the cracks on the walls, especially on the roof. It was observed that the main cause of this phenomena was low quality of materials and workmanship.

After this site trip, the team prepared a report with the results of the assessment.