ABSTRACT

On October 23, 2011 an earthquake occurred approximately 20 km north of the province of Van, Turkey with a magnitude of Mw 7.2. Following the main earthquake, 111 aftershocks with magnitudes of 4.0 and above occurred. The state of damage was very severe and considerable amount of unreinforced masonry buildings were affected highlighting the need for investigating the seismic design of unreinforced masonry buildings in the affected area. In this paper, seismic behaviour of a two story masonry building designed according to the 2019 Turkish Building Seismic Code is presented. The main objective of this activity was to study the near field and far field synthetic ground motions, artificial ground motions and evaluating the responses to get reliable information on the seismic response of masonry buildings.