Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.


The news has been dominated by the earthquake that struck Izmir on Friday. Here’s an update on what’s happened since our article on Friday afternoon.

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake shakes Turkey’s western coast

Turkey mobilizes after Izmir earthquake

Death toll from quake rises to 76

The death toll in Turkey from Friday’s magnitude 6.6 earthquake in the Aegean Sea has risen to 76, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said early on Monday. 

Some 1,044 aftershocks have hit the area since then, 43 of them above magnitude 4, AFAD said. 

It added that 962 people were injured, with 743 of them discharged from hospitals and 219 people still under treatment. 

Temporary accommodation has been established to meet the urgent need for shelter in the city of Izmir, with 3,545 tents, 57 general purpose tents, 24,382 blankets, 13,280 beds, 5,500 sleeping sets, 2,657 kitchen sets and four showers and toilet containers shipped to the zone, AFAD noted. 

As Izmir continued to reel from the devastating 6.6-magnitude earthquake, rescue teams offered hope for the city as they continued to pull survivors from debris on the third day following the disaster.

The latest figures come after a 14-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble early Monday, 58 hours after the earthquake jolted Izmir. 

After first aid was performed, Idil Sirin was taken to a local hospital. 

So far, AFAD has rescued 105 people from the debris as search and rescue activities continue. 

According to Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum, around 5,000 rescue personnel, 20 sniffer dogs and 751 vehicles were dispatched to the city as of early Saturday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said late Saturday that after the debris is removed, new construction work will begin and new houses will be built quickly for those whose homes were destroyed.

Turkey’s quake survivors, shaken but resilient

A woman died after being rescued from a collapsed eight-story building following 30 hours of effort. 

Buse Hasyılmaz was visiting a dentist when the earthquake struck and collapsed the building she was in. She was found by rescue teams after she managed to call her relatives and alert them.

As rescuers tried to reach the 29-year-old buried under concrete slabs, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli, who arrived in Izmir earlier, called Hasyılmaz to encourage her to hold on.

In her call with Pakdemirli, Hasyılmaz asked the minister to “unleash the dogs” and that said she would “make cat noises” to help K-9 units locate her.

The minister played along, told the shocked young woman to make cat noises and that she would be rescued soon. Nearly 10 hours after the disaster struck, rescue teams managed to open a tunnel to where Hasyılmaz was located and pulled her through.

Her mother, however, was not among the lucky as teams found her lifeless body under the rubble.

Helim Sari, 62, was rescued from the debris 26 hours after the earthquake. Teams struggled for a long time to save Sari, whose leg was stuck under the debris.

After 23 hours, a mother and her three children were rescued. Efforts are ongoing to rescue her fourth child.

Nurcan Tosun, 50, was rescued in the Seferihisar district after 17 hours.

Gunay Ozisik and Erol Subas were rescued nine hours after the quake. Ozisik’s father spotted his son under the debris through rescue cameras and spoke to him.

Another earthquake victim Buse Hasyilmaz and her family were rescued after nine-and-a-half hours.

Sixty-two-year-old Emine Eren was pulled out after 14 hours.

Help came after 15 hours for Fadime Tolu, 53. Her neighbor Gulcin Aykut Soydan was also rescued.

Huyla Ozmet and Inci Okan were also pulled out alive after 17 hours.

They were all taken to hospitals for health checks.

One survivor was pulled from the rubble Saturday in Izmir, 33 hours after the earthquake struck.

Teams rescued the 55-year-old from the debris of a collapsed building in the Bayrakli region, where the quake caused the most destruction. He was taken to hospital. 

A cat and a dog were also among the rescued.

A small-scale tsunami flooded streets in the town of Sığacık in Izmir’s Seferihisar district after the earthquake. One person was drowned in the flood.

People were left running for their lives as the massive surge burst through sea defences and turned the streets into raging torrents of salt water. 

Sources: https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/51-dead-in-izmir-as-magnitude-66-quake-shakes-turkeys-west-coast/news



Virus threat

The quake occurred as Turkey, like the rest of the world, was already struggling with the resurging coronavirus pandemic.

And with residents spending nights in tents and temporary shelters, fears grew over a potential increase in infections across the disaster-hit city.

In a respectful but firm tone, the health minister said while it was understandable that practicing social distancing was near-impossible in crowded tents or other temporary relief centers, he still warned everyone to not forget about the coronavirus threat.

“We are going through unprecedented times as we suffered a major earthquake during a pandemic,” Koca said.

“We urge all our citizens to continue carrying out precautions against the coronavirus pandemic. We cannot give in to the pandemic while we deal with the aftermath of the earthquake,” he said.

The Health Ministry brought in large quantities of masks and disinfectants to the city, which were distributed by the AFAD and National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE) personnel.

Greece and Turkey earthquake driven by wild tectonics of the Aegean Sea

The powerful temblor occurred in an area of complex geologic movement, where multiple tectonic plates crack the surface as they jostle for position.

On October 30, when a powerful magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck under the Aegean Sea, dozens of buildings collapsed and water rushed into the streets of the coastal city of Izmir, Turkey, and on the island of Samos, Greece. 

This region is no stranger to earthquakes, with a written record of tectonic destruction stretching back centuries. But while many earthquake-prone places around the world can trace their seismic activity to the meeting of just two main tectonic plates, the situation is far messier around the Aegean. The source of all the shaking is instead a complicated geologic jigsaw that makes up the area, cut through with a web of faults.

“This is definitely one of the most complex regions in the world,” says Joao Duarte, a marine geologist from the Instituto Dom Luiz at the University of Lisbon.

The latest earthquake struck roughly 13 miles beneath the Aegean seafloor, some nine miles off the shore of Samos. This relatively shallow depth meant that strong shaking was felt on both the Greek island and in cities along the Turkish coast. The epicenter sits at the western edge of the Anatolian plate, where the rocks at the surface are being stretched like putty. This stretching produces a series of deep fractures in the ground, and movement along one of these cracks set off the recent temblor.

Scientists are now puzzling over this latest event, which is unusually large for the region where it struck, says Ezgi Karasozen, a seismologist at the Alaska Earthquake Center whose doctoral research focused on earthquakes in Iran and Turkey. As teams monitor for aftershocks, which continue to rumble through, the data promises to help future scientists better understand the hazards woven into the region’s wild tectonics. Only by studying both past and current events can scientists hope to improve their understanding of the risks around the Aegean and potentially, one day, forecast the quakes of the future.

Source: National Geographic

Be prepared

On 16 November 2019, AKUT Search and Rescue Association, held an earthquake awareness presentation that covered what you should know and do before, during and after an earthquake. 

Please take time to click on the link below, read the article and make sure you’re prepared.

AKUT Earthquake Awareness Presentation – what you need to know about earthquakes

Other resources

When The Earth Moves … An Earthquake Survival Guide

Thank you to Greg Geilman of RE/MAX Estate Properties in Los Angeles, California for sharing the following resource with us.

Be Prepared: Household Earthquake Safety Tips and Helpful Home Modifications to Consider


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates

Match Results

Fethiyespor drew their away match against Tepecikspor on Thursday. The final score was 0-0.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 01 November 2020

Fethiyespor won their home match against Yomraspor on Sunday. The final score was 1-0.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 01 November 2020

Fethiyespor are now in 2nd position on the league table.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 01 November 2020

The next league match is:

Sunday 15th November away against Ceyhanspor. Kick off is at 13:00.

Please note: the Turkish Football Federation have made the decision that, due to COVID-19 measures, all games in the first half of the season will be played without spectators.

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Match results

Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor won their home match against BJK on Sunday. The final score was 87-83.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 01 November 2020

Please click on the link below for the match schedule.

Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediye Spor 2020-2021 Schedule

You can follow the Team on their Facebook Page – Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 10.80 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.38 TL.

The US Dollar bought 8.34 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.96 TL.

The Euro bought 9.74 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 9.44 TL.

Source: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 01 November 2020

Source: Living Earth

Today’s featured image: File Photo – A drone photo shows search and rescue works continuing for survivors of the collapsed Emrah Apartment after a magnitude 6.6 quake shook Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey on October 31, 2020. ( Ahmet Bayram – Anadolu Agency )

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