Hazardous materials releases during the August 17, 1999 earthquake in Turkey

Laura J. Steinberg, Ana Maria Cruz, Fazilet Vardar-Sukan, Yasin Ersoz

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Abstract

The Turkey earthquake of August 17, 1999 offers an unprecedented opportunity to study the potential for strong earthquakes to precipitate environmental catastrophes. In this study, the authors report on their field investigations in Turkey in which they document and assess how this earthquake of magnitude 7.4, centered in the industrial region of Turkey, led to hazardous materials releases to the air, water, and soil. They report on several case studies of industrial accidents which occurred as a result of the earthquake, including the Tupras refinery fire, the release of toxic acrylonitrile from a chemical plant, and the intentional release of gaseous ammonia from a fertilizer plant. Also documented and discussed are the emergency efforts directed towards responding to these incidents. Copyright ASCE 2004.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBridging the Gap
Subtitle of host publicationMeeting the World's Water and Environmental Resources Challenges - Proceedings of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventWorld Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 20 2001May 24 2001

Publication series

NameBridging the Gap: Meeting the World's Water and Environmental Resources Challenges - Proceedings of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001
Volume111

Other

OtherWorld Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period5/20/015/24/01

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology

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    Steinberg, L. J., Cruz, A. M., Vardar-Sukan, F., & Ersoz, Y. (2004). Hazardous materials releases during the August 17, 1999 earthquake in Turkey. In Bridging the Gap: Meeting the World's Water and Environmental Resources Challenges - Proceedings of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001 (Bridging the Gap: Meeting the World's Water and Environmental Resources Challenges - Proceedings of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2001; Vol. 111). https://doi.org/10.1061/40569(2001)445