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Earthquakes: The Indian Context

  • T. G. Sitharam
  • Sreevalsa Kolathayar
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Abstract

Nature has its own ways of expressing itself and natural phenomena have always been a wonder to mankind. Many natural processes are looked upon as natural disasters mainly because human beings have not been able to respond to them appropriately. Earthquake is one such disaster that has affected the mankind the most. Due to lack of knowledge and unsafe construction practices, earthquakes still cause widespread destruction leading to loss of lives and property. Earthquake can cause multi-level hazards resulting from ground motion, ground shaking, site effects, ground displacement, fire, floods, liquefaction, landslide and tsunami. When an earthquake hits, urban centres and cities experience more loss mostly because of high population density, improper planning, poor land use, substandard construction practices and quality of construction material.

Keywords

Earthquakes India Seismicity Seismic hazard 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. G. Sitharam
    • 1
  • Sreevalsa Kolathayar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringIndian Institute of Science BangaloreBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Civil EngineeringAmrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham UniversityCoimbatoreIndia

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