Safety on Shaky Ground: Staying Informed about India’s Latest Seismic Zones!


India is located in a seismically active region and is prone to earthquakes. The country has been divided into five seismic zones based on the potential for earthquakes:

  • Zone II: This zone has a low seismic risk and is considered to be safe for construction. It covers most of the northern plains, central India, and the eastern coast.
  • Zone III: This zone has a moderate seismic risk and requires special care during construction. It covers parts of the Himalayas, the Western Ghats, and the Deccan Plateau.
  • Zone IV: This zone has a high seismic risk and requires special design and construction techniques. It covers parts of the Himalayas, the Western Ghats, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • Zone V: This zone has a very high seismic risk and requires the most stringent design and construction techniques. It covers parts of the Himalayas and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The latest seismic zoning map of India was published by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in 2002. The map is based on the latest seismological data and takes into account the potential for earthquakes in different parts of the country.

It is important to note that even if a particular area is in a low seismic zone, it is still possible for an earthquake to occur. It is always advisable to take precautions against earthquakes, such as installing earthquake-resistant fixtures and appliances in your home. You should also have an emergency plan in place in case of an earthquake.

Here are some tips for staying safe during an earthquake:

  • Stay calm and don’t panic.
  • If you are indoors, take cover under a sturdy table or desk.
  • If you are outdoors, move to a clear area away from buildings and trees.
  • If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Once the shaking stops, check for injuries and help others if needed.
  • Stay away from damaged buildings.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are for informational purposes only based on industry reports and related news stories. PropertyPistol does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of the information and shall not be held responsible for any action taken based on the published information.

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