Orada kimse var mı? *

* Is there anybody in there?

It was dark. It was loud and bright at the beginning and replaced by absolute silence and darkness when it ended. Literally in the middle of the night.

It took too long. As long as the life of an ancient tree. The longest forty-five seconds for millions of people and for thousands of them, the last seconds of their lives. Everything went just worse when we woke up to the next morning. Privilege of being alive substituted by the agony of witnessing the size of the loss.

After shocks kept going for weeks. The life was never the same. The words are never enough to describe a disaster like we faced in Kocaeli and Istanbul in August 17th, 1999…