Looming A Threat of Earthquake

Big or small, earthquakes can strike the country at any time

Jan. 7, 2017, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.10, No.10, January 06,2017 Poush 22,2073

As Nepal lies in an active seismic zone, earthquakes are a regular phenomenon here. Big or small, earthquakes can strike the country at any time. What the authorities and citizens should do is to prepare the infrastructure and houses that withstand earthquakes and prevent human casualties. Despite the harsh lessons of the Gorkha Earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks, Nepali authorities and citizens are yet to realize the need to construct quake-resilient houses in safe and secure locations. The current spate of rampant reconstruction going on in the Kathmandu valley and other parts of the country has shown that there might be greater devastations from any major earthquake in the future. In the last fifty years alone, Nepal has already faced different scales of earthquakes that caused huge damages. However, the authorities and citizens have short memory of these devastations. Following the publication of a study, predicting the possibility of a major earthquake in Nepal, residents of Nepal, particularly in Kathmandu valley, are in a state of doubt about what they should be doing. As Nepal is celebrating the earthquake safety day next week, remembering the great earthquake of 1934, everyone must realize that the only way to survive from the earthquakes is to make the houses resilient. Although Nepal’s political course is passing through stormy events and there are other issues, we have decided to take up the preparedness of the people during the reconstruction process in view of the possibility of another earthquake as our cover story. As usual, other important issues have been covered as well.

 

 

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