An earthquake is usually believed to be more destructive and dangerous than other natural calamities. In fact, the damages that are caused due to earthquakes have a high impact and loss incurred and irreplaceable. The destructive earthquake which hit Nepal recently is a burning example of the same. The death toll in Nepal had crossed over 3000 and the several others were left injured.
With jitters felt all over North India, it is important that you take certain factors that you should keep in mind especially while purchasing a home.
Do you Reside in an Earthquake Prone Region?
There cannot be a more critical time to evaluate the risks posed by earthquakes and to make ourselves well prepared. You should do a good research work before you go to live in a particular area. As per the geographical statistics of India, it is estimated that nearly 54% of the land is prone to earthquakes. Moreover, research also suggests that by 2050, approximately 200 million city dwellers will be prone to earthquakes. The central and western Himalayas, some areas of Kashmir, the north eastern states of India as well as Rann of Kutch are some of the areas that run at a higher risk of experiencing earthquakes. Other areas which may be prone to earthquakes include Jammu, Delhi, the Indo-Gangetic area and certain locales of Maharashtra.
Is your Home Earthquake Resistant?
Most of the homes in India lack this feature; hence the risk is usually related to the style of construction, strength of home as well as its location. Moreover, it goes without saying that the taller structures and older mansions run at a higher risk. One of the best ways to know your home is earthquake resistant or not is to fix an appointment with an engineer and check how strong the foundation of your home is. Usually, it is seen that earthquake resistant homes come with bolts in foundation; hence the engineer will inspect your home thoroughly and then inform whether your home is safe or not.
The top builders in India generally add this unique feature while constructing apartments. Hence, you can contact them if you are looking for a new property. On the other hand, if you are not sure if your home is earthquake resistant, get in touch with a structural engineer at the earliest.
Materials to Use for an Earthquake Resistant Home
The top builders in India make sure their construction projects are earthquake resistant. Structures which have walls made up of stacked bricks and are held together with mortar are usually weak. This is preferably because the roof is set across the top and the weight comes down to the foundation through the walls. And in case such construction comes face to face with an earthquake, you will find that the structure will simply crumble like a house of cards. However, some simple construction strategies and materials can prevent this.
For instance, wood and concrete are believed to be adequate earthquake resistant construction material. But then, if your house is concrete based then make sure that the building you move to have them reinforced through steel and additional concrete slabs.