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Turkey / Earthquake / Construction Problems #630904

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Aug 21, 1999
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The casualties in the Turkey earthquake updated.

(Izmit, Turkey: Ron Allen) The rescue efforts in the Turkey earthquake featured; scenes shown of the debris in Izmit, Turkey; details given of criticism of the housing construction and of the Turkish government's handling of earthquake relief. [American engineer Scott TEZAK - says the construction is bad.] [Volunteer Dr. Dane ROBINSON - cites losses.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Golcuk, Turkey: Ned Colt) The aftermath of the quake featured; scenes shown of rubble and relief efforts in Golcuk, Turkey. [Turkish MAN - says we have no place to go.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Interview held with earthquake engineer professor Mustafa Erdik. [In Izmit, ERDIK - says most of the damage is due to poor construction that led to building collapses; explains how placing shops on the first floor led to structural weaknesses due to removed walls.]

Allen, Ron;
Colt, Ned;
Seigenthaler, John

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