Japanese Earthquake Expert Prepares Turkey for Earthquakes

Japanese Earthquake Expert Prepares Turkey for Earthquakes
Japanese Earthquake Expert Prepares Turkey for Earthquakes

📩 31/10/2023 13:00

Japanese master's degree civil engineer, architect and earthquake expert Yoshinori Moriwaki continues to provide earthquake and building reinforcement training in Turkey's earthquake zones with KYK Yapı Kimyasalları Earthquake Training Truck "Explorer".

Japanese Master Civil Engineer Yoshinori Moriwaki continues his informative meetings in the disaster area.

Moriwaki, who organizes earthquake information meetings in Kahramanmaraş and Elbistan after Hatay, Adana and Osmaniye, is accompanied by KYK Yapı Kimyasalları Chairman of the Board Cemil Onur Sürmeli and company experts in his trainings.

Moriwaki said that, as part of the project inspired by the Japanese philosophy Kintsugi, with the motto "We Stand Up Again", they explained to industry professionals the causes of the earthquake, its effects, methods of mitigating its damages, building reinforcement methods and practices, and what to do during and after the earthquake. He also gave information about earthquake management and disaster response systems implemented in Japan.

Stating that the earthquake in Kahramanmaraş had been expected for 500 years and that the earthquake was at a very close distance from the ground, Moriwaki said, “Therefore, it had a great impact. "A major earthquake is no longer expected in this region," he said.


Underlining that there is no such thing as construction peace in Japan, Moriwaki said, “In Japan, we are taught about earthquakes through education. They were teaching us while we were playing in kindergarten. There is panic among the Turkish people. Education is a must for these!” said.

Moriwaki, who drew attention to the danger of "Hollow Block Application" in existing buildings during the inspections I carried out in the buildings damaged by the earthquake and waiting to be demolished in Kahramanmaraş and Elbistan, said, "We see a lot of hollow block systems in earthquake zones. Hollow block is used in many buildings in Turkey. In other words, I have witnessed that when building ceilings in buildings, a filling material is used to ensure that the ceiling, placed between the floors, stands more smoothly. But there is no hollow block system in Japan, it is prohibited. In Turkey, the application of hollow block was banned with the regulation change made in 2018. "There should definitely not be a hollow block system in new buildings. Existing buildings also need to be corrected and strengthened," he said.

Stating that education against earthquakes is of great importance at the meetings in Kahramanmaraş and Elbistan, Yoshinori Moriwaki said, “I live in Turkey, my home is here. I will continue training and fighting until it is said in any country in the world that 'Turks build solid buildings'. "After Kahramanmaraş and Elbistan, my next trainings will be Gaziantep, Adıyaman, Diyarbakır, Malatya, Elazığ and Erzincan," he said.