India is divided into 4 seismic zones, namely Zone 2, 3, 4 & 5, ranging from very high risk damage zones to low risk damage zones. Alarmingly 38 cities in India fall into moderate to high risk damage zones and cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Greater Mumbai, Kochi, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Patna, Ahmedabad and Dehradun come under the vulnerability zone.
In the year 2013 India witnessed 10 horrifying Earthquakes ranging between the magnitudes of 2.5 to 5.8. While the natural calamities like earthquakes can’t be controlled by humans, good and safe constructions could be. Earthquake vulnerable countries like India need stringent infrastructural reforms to make our buildings safe and construction sturdier.
In recent past earthquake resistant green building material such as Magicrete AAC Blocks has changed the face of construction. These LEED certified AAC blocks are light in weight and porous as compared to clay bricks and thus reduces the forces thereby making the building more stable. Magicrete AAC blocks have very high compressive strength in the range of 3.5-4N/m2 and they are suitable for varied kind of structures including high-rise, hospitals, schools, independent homes, office buildings, and manufacturing units.
We can’t stop the force of nature but we can certainly strengthen our buildings by using right construction materials and prevent heavy damages of lives and properties in future.