Turkish TV series are set to participate in a new
campaign from the Urban Planning Ministry to raise earthquake awareness by
including scenes that illustrate the dangers of temblors in the country, daily
Hürriyet reported today.
As part of the campaign, "Muhteşem Yüzyıl"
(Magnificent Century), which follows the intrigues of the harem during the
reign of Süleyman the Magnificent, will reportedly be asked to include a
dramatization of the 1509 earthquake in Istanbul that killed 13,000 people,
according to daily Akşam.
National and regional private broadcasts, as well as
state TV and radio stations, will air at least 90 minutes a month of
programming that educates the public on subjects such as urban transformation
and how to reduce disaster risks.
The ministry will also open Facebook and Twitter
accounts to provide up-to-date news about urban transformation and studies
about seismic zones, according to reports.