Locating Field Hospitals Based on Seismic Vulnerability of the Building Stock in Izmir Bayrakli

Olgun G., ÖZÇELİK Ö.

International Symposium of the International Federation for Structural Concrete, fib Symposium 2023, İstanbul, Turkey, 5 - 07 June 2023, vol.350 LNCE, pp.1459-1468 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 350 LNCE
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-031-32511-3_149
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1459-1468
  • Keywords: Disaster Preparedness, Field Hospital Deployment, Seismic Loss Estimation
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Earthquakes are a catastrophic force of nature, causing extensive damage to infrastructure and resulting in substantial loss of life. To effectively plan for mitigation efforts after an earthquake, it is crucial to identify seismic risk factors in a region and quantify the necessary resources needed. These endeavors often involve conducting field assessments and collecting data, followed by simulations of disaster scenarios. In the immediate aftermath of an earthquake, the primary focus is on search and rescue efforts and providing medical services. Hospitals play a critical role in saving lives but can easily become overwhelmed by the sudden influx of injured patients. Therefore, establishing post-disaster strategies is essential to maintain access to medical services. Turkey has faced numerous devastating earthquakes, including two major ones in February 2023 that affected around 14 million people, resulting in significant loss of life and injuries. Due to the sudden surge of earthquake victims with mild and moderate injuries, hospitals were quickly overwhelmed. To address this gap in the healthcare system caused by damage to medical infrastructure, field surveys suggested the potential for a multidisciplinary field hospital. This study aims to analyze the seismic risk of Bayrakli, a metropolitan district in Izmir, Turkey, and identify optimal locations for field hospitals. Izmir is located in a highly seismically active zone and is the third-largest city in the country. This area is chosen due to its unique inventory dataset of 22,958 buildings collected on-site after a devastating earthquake in 2020.