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Yaprak Gursoy reflects on how it was a major earthquake in 1999 that helped bring Recep Tayyip Erdogan to power.
Experts also warn Istanbulites they’re sitting on a seismic gap.
Critics say Turkey’s government was too slow to mobilise and deploy the military in search-and-rescue operations.
Recorded fatalities stand at around 46,000 but authorities have failed to provide missing person estimates.
Amid “apocalyptic” scenes of devastation, Turks search rubble of homes for their gold savings.
Disaster in southern Turkey has served as a terrible reminder that the metropolis of 16mn is highly exposed to a major earthquake that could strike at any time.
Turkish president says he’s ploughing ahead amid criticism over earthquake disaster. Some observers say election board could cancel polls citing logistical difficulties.
Supply chains and production lines hit.
As tremors continue to shake Turkey, opposition lambasts Erdogan again and again for “having done nothing” to prepare the country for major earthquakes during his 20 years in power.
No-one can say for sure where the next Big One will hit.
Turks remain angry at how quakes “pancaked” poor-quality high-rise housing permitted by officials.
Two weeks after south of country was hit by giant quakes that killed tens of thousands, Hatay province is again shaken by terrifying tremors.
Death toll stands at 44,000. Missing persons estimates not yet given. Disaster destroyed around 345,000 Turkish apartments.
Incidents follow successful escape made by 20 suspected jihadists from Syria prison across the border.