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Preparedness for quakes

Building codes need to be updated and enforced

In what looks like heightened seismic activity, the first half of April has seen at least eight major earthquakes, two of which have been on the periphery of India — in northeast Afghanistan and Myanmar. Of these, three in Japan in quick succession and one in Ecuador soon after measured over 7.3 on the Richter scale and caused extensive devastation and death. Any quake of such or higher magnitude in a thickly populated and extremely vulnerable country like India would cause enormous damage to property and infrastructure — and to human and livestock lives. An earthquake with an ...