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Are Istanbul Hotels safe after earthquakes?

We have three nights booked in a Istanbul hotel in September of this year. We booked many months prior to the earthquakes in that country. Are the hotels safe in Istanbul?

Thanks,
Rob

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The earthquakes were at the eastern end of Turkey, Istanbul is at the western end of this large country - about 1200 kms away in other words. I don’t remember seeing any reports if damage in Istanbul.

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They are as safe as hotels in any area historically prone to earthquakes. San Francisco? Tokyo? Lisbon?

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We are going ahead with plans to travel to Turkey (Istanbul) in October. I would gladly return to earthquake prone New Zealand which rattled during my last day there.

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The Erdogan gov't passed a series of regulation 'amnesties' that excused or gave a slap-on-the-wrist fine to substandard construction over a period of several years, so the comparison to other earthquake-prone locations is not quite apt -- most cities have enforcement of their standards around the world. Just food for thought.

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We are going ahead with plans to travel to Turkey (Istanbul) in October. I would gladly return to earthquake prone New Zealand which rattled during my last day there.

NZ has building standards which are enforced - the level of damage in Turkey was crazy and was all about local corruption.

In NZ we are taught to "duck cover and hold" - NOT to run outside - but that's assuming a well-built building. In Istanbul I'd pick an old hotel which has survived a few shakes - and if there was a quake - I'd run for the staircase (strongest spot) and HOPE that I could ride the collapse down.