Many earthquake-related SfP projects are supported by NATO, involving Albania, Armenia,Azerbaijan, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, the Kyrgyz Republic, Romania, Russia, Spain, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, the United States and Uzbekistan. Their objective is to reduce the catastrophic losses in human lives, material damage and disruption to the economy and society in general caused by major earthquakes.
Experience has shown that lives can be saved, damage to property can be reduced and economic recovery accelerated significantly by promoting initiatives that incorporate effective screening, prevention and mitigation measures. One of these projects – “Seismic assessment and rehabilitation of existing buildings” – is looking into ways of increasing the earthquake resistance of buildings in Turkey.
Although Turkey is located in a region proneto earthquakes, a large percentage of the buildings are not built to withstand the forces of such a shock. Industrialisation and urbanisation have led to a rapid growth in the construction industry with little time and incentive to regulate and supervise building standards. There is a vital need to find the cheapest, most costeffective and efficient method to strengthen a large number of buildings before the next major earthquake strikes. From (http://www.nato.int/science/publication/pdf/earthquake-e.pdf)