The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a press release on the latest status of museums and ruins in ten provinces affected by two major earthquakes in Kahramanmaraş in Turkey.
National and international rescue teams race against time to save as many people as possible in Turkey. However, the colossal disasters damaged the cultural heritage as well.
The Ministry announced that the earthquakes did not cause any damage to the Kahramanmaraş, Elbistan, Adıyaman, and Malatya museums, but that a part of the Hatay Archeology Museum was damaged.
The press release stated that the Hatay Archeology Museum was staffed as quickly and comprehensively as possible in accordance with the emergency action plan, and that solar-powered camera systems were installed in the museum to prevent security weaknesses caused by power outages.
“In Malatya Aslantepe, one of the world heritage sites, it has been determined that there are slight shifts in the adobe walls and some collapses in the temporary roof cover, but no serious damage has been detected in the area.
Minor spills were detected at the entrance of St George’s Church, also located in Diyarbakır Suriçi, in a limited part of Diyarbakır Walls.
No adverse events were detected in our other World heritage sites such as Şanlıurfa Göbeklitepe and Mount Nemrut.”