As a result of the joint venture of the group of scientists consisting of lecturers from Faculty of Civil Engineering and Faculty of Mines of Istanbul Technical Universitiy it has been decided to establish the Turkey Earthquake Foundation in the leeadership of Prof.Dr.Rifat YARAR after the big earthquake of M=6.8 occurred in Erzincan on 13.03.1992 costing the lives of 653 people and damaging 6700 buildings, in order to minimize the loss of life and property that our people and country will suffer.
The founders committee has worked together with the valueable lecturers of ITU, ODTU and BU who have achieved great success in our country and abroad especailly after the big earthquake of Erzincan in 1939 and have realized the organization of the establishment of the Turkey Earthquake Foundation under foundation status with the co-operation of Public Works and Housing Ministry. The Foundation has gathered together the corporations who has activity in this field in our country and our country’s related people who are experts in earthquake science and earthquake engineering.
The founders have worked as a group and have prepared the necessary Foundation Bond at the end of three meeting. The Foundation Bond has been registered in compliance with the decree no. 1993/95, base no. 1992⁄851 dated 26.02.1993 issued by the judge of Kadıköy 6th Civil Court and has been found appropriate by the Foundations General Management and accordingly has been announced in the Official Gazette dated 15th April 1993 No: 21553.
Certificated Engineer Mr. Necdet Seçkinöz who at the time of rapid establishment of our foundation was serving as General Secretary at the Presidency, has been of great help.