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The August 17, 1999 Earthquake and Culture Museum, Adapazari

Turkey experienced a large, devastating natural disaster on August 17, 1999. In the middle of the night, at 3:02 a.m., while everybody was deep in sleep, a massive, 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck. While many cities felt its impact, Adapazari was hit the hardest. In the aftermath, thousands of people lost their lives and thousands more were left homeless. Located in Adapazari, the Earthquake and Culture Museum, the first of its kind in Turkey, evokes the fear and pain that accompanied this tragic disaster.

The museum was designed to resemble the wreckage left in the wake of the earthquake. Leaning columns and broken beams are some of the museum’s more salient features. Another intriguing feature of the museum is the simulation of the 45-s, 7.4-magnitude earthquake that occurred on August 17, 1999. In addition to the 1999 earthquake, the museum also displays photographs from the 1967 earthquake as well as glass items featuring the names of earthquake victims and diaries.

The Earthquake and Culture Museum was built in 2004 in commemoration of the Marmara earthquake, which has been described as the disaster of the century. The museum has been visited by 313,000 people since 2007 (http://www.aa.com.tr).

 
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