DOI: 10.37093/ijsi.1329747 ISSN: 1307-8364

Children After Earthquake: Maraş Earthquake in Türkiye

  • General Medicine
Türkiye has experienced the most destructive earthquake disaster in recent years. On 6 February 2023, two earthquakes with a magnitude of more than seven occurred in Türkiye, first in Pazarcık and then in Elbistan districts of Kahramanmaraş province. These earthquakes caused the death of more than 50 thousand people and billions of dollars in damage. This earthquake, which affected every segment of society, also seriously affected children. This study, which aimed to examine the opinions of individuals about children in such a big earthquake, examined 3450 tweets sent in February 2023. While the researchers used Maxqda in analyzing tweets in terms of hashtags, likes, retweets and source devices, they used Python in sentiment analysis. The findings highlighted that the words AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency), education and psychology were frequently used as hashtags in tweets about children. In addition, the study observed that tweets with very low number of likes and retweets did not arouse much interest in people. The findings of the sentiment analysis indicated that the tweets were quite negatively oriented. The findings of the study can be used in the actions and plans to be made about the earthquake and children.

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