A 6.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the city of Elazığ last month has caused surface rupture on the floor of an area lake, creating a white lineament that stretched for one kilometer along the water's surface. The Karakaya lake, located in Elazığ's Sivrice district, was the hypocenter of the earthquake, or the point in the earth at which the rupture from a quake begins.
Aimed at expediting judicial processes, the judiciary reform package of Oct. 24, 2019 added the 'expedited trial' and 'simple trial' methods to Turkish legislation. While the first application of the expedited trial method was a success, getting the defendant convicted and out of the courthouse in 19 minutes, experts have concerns about how well the 'American-style' methods fit into the Turkish judiciary.
Pegasus Airlines laid off a pilot for comments he made on the Feb. 5 crash at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport where a plane skidded off the runway, killing three and injuring 180. "The country is like a truck with busted brakes," Altan had said.
A man died of a heart attack after attempting to set himself on fire in front of the Hatay Governor's Office on Feb. 7, local authorities said. Adem Yarıcı had reportedly been unemployed for some time, and said "My kids are hungry" before setting himself on fire.
Turkey's largest agricultural fair, the 15th Agroexpo International Agriculture and Livestock Fair, opened its doors this week in Izmir. “Our fundamental target is to create production that is in harmony with nature, and ensure local development by increasing prosperity and making it possible for everyone to access healthy and affordable food,” said Izmir Mayor Tunç Soyer.
Despite a court's decision to cancel the transformation of the İsmail Tarman Middle School in Istanbul's Beşiktaş district into a religious school, the school remains closed. Area residents have been staging demonstrations every day based on the fact that their children are being prevented from going to the shuttered school.
Istanbul prosecutors have ordered the detention of two Pegasus pilots after their treatment at the hospital is complete, reported T24 on Feb. 6. The plane that the pilots were flying skidded off the runway at Sabiha Gökçen airport, killing three passengers on Feb. 5. The pilots will be probed on suspicion of causing death and injury through negligence.
An Istanbul prosecutor has presented his final sentencing opinion regarding the Gezi Park case. He demanded aggravated life imprisonment for three defendants in the case: renowned philanthropist Osman Kavala, the only jailed defendant in the case, civil society activist Yiğit Aksakoğlu and architect Mücella Yapıcı.
A city-by-city distribution of population fluctuations showed a range of almost half a million people in 2019. The largest population increase was 451,543 new residents in Istanbul while the biggest drop was 20,573 residents that left Çankırı. Percentage wise, the range of the population changes was about 12 percent.
The number of motorbike delivery drivers continues to increase in Turkey's major cities. Some deliver documents and items for companies while others try to deliver food orders on time all day long in traffic. As the sector grows, so do the problems. According to statistics, 75 of the 103 motorcyclists who died in traffic accidents were delivery drivers.
Helin Bölek, a member of the leftist music collective Grup Yorum, has been on a hunger strike for 230 days, and is on the threshold of death, according to her mother Aygül Bilgi, who spoke to the Mesopotamian News Agency. Bölek and other members of Grup Yorum have been on an extended hunger strike, in protest of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)'s de-facto ban on the group's concerts, which has been going on for the past several years. The government accuses Grup Yorum of being affiliated with the banned leftist militant Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C).
A report prepared by the main opposition CHP said that survivors of the Elazığ earthquake are unable to keep themselves warm in makeshift tents amid enduring freezing conditions. The report called on the government to tackle the issue of permanent accommodation as soon as possible.
A plane flying into Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen airport from İzmir skidded off the runway and crashed, breaking into three pieces. Officials said Jan. 6 that three passengers died, while 174 others and six crew members were injured.
Lawyers who spend much of their working hours at Istanbul's main Çağlayan courthouse have called for a boycott of the courthouse's restaurant, citing exorbitant prices for food and drinks that are more similar to those charged at a shopping mall than a public institution. A paper cup of tea is 4 TL while the same size cup of Nescafe is 7 TL.
A total of 4,600 buildings will be demolished in Elazığ, the southeastern city that was struck by the 6.8-magnitude quake of Jan.24. According to the assessments of the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry, 150 buildings collapsed, 4,552 were severely damaged and that 1,779 were moderately damaged.