Turks ask how a boom town came crashing down in quake

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By Can Sezer and Jonathan Spicer NURDAGI, Turkey (Reuters) – Almost every apartment tower in Nurdagi collapsed or was shattered beyond repair in last month’s earthquake in Turkey – and people are now asking if a building boom in the town in recent decades may have to led to the deaths of thousands of residents. The town’s population swelled in recent years to some 25,000, residents say, driven in part by increasingly flexible regulations that allowed apartment blocks to reach as high as eight stories, from a limit of three previously. “We shouldn’t have had more than two to three floors here. …

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