The recent earthquake of 7.8 magnitude created a havoc in Nepal. Pictures and videos of the massive destruction are all over the internet. This heart wrenching disaster has made us reflect over one single question- ‘Is my home earthquake safe?’ Though a building cannot be completely immune to such natural disasters, we can at least take the possible steps to reduce the degree of destruction.
According to the guidelines set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), different parts of India are prone to varying intensities of earthquakes. These are categorized as seismic zones and are ranked in the ascending order of intensity. Delhi/NCR falls under Seismic Zone 4 which means that the risk of damage from earthquake is pretty high. According to these seismic zones, construction guidelines have been laid down by the National Disaster Management Division. The developers should be aware of these guidelines and should follow the same while planning their projects. [Read more…]