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Monday, 24 August 2015 09:00cat

Buildings Prone to Earthquakes

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Buildings Prone to Earthquakes The Economic Times

There is a significant percentage of buildings in India that is prone to earthquake since these buildings are not constructed as per proper code.

Director of IIT-Jodhpur and eminent geo-scientist said "78 per cent people of the country live in seismic zone three, four and five and there is no vulnerability and land use mapping. The buildings in those areas are made according to the building code of 1968 which was not updated by the government keeping in mind the vulnerability of earthquake,"

"Following the earthquake in Bhuj in 2002, 36 institutes in Gujrat have started gathering information and researching about constructing buildings in earthquake prone areas," he added.

Sunil Khadka, the Infrastructure Planning Adviser, Ministry of Health and Population Nepal said "Nepal was now trying to make a building code which could save the buildings from earthquake. "

Khadka believes that faulty designs resulted in huge loss in the massive earthquake which hit Nepal.

 

Source: The Economic Times

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