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The Bomb Below

The earth will move again. The only way to guard against disaster: quake-proof buildings

The Bomb Below
The Bomb Below
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IT is all part of a jigsaw that fits the familiar image of a bombed town—collapsed roofs, cracked walls, mangled pipelines, broken electric poles, uprooted trees, fissured roads. But unlike Kosovo, the district town of Chamoli was pounded from below. By a tectonic time-bomb that had been ticking away for God knows how long. A catharsis of catastrophic effect, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, shook the entire Garhwal region. As people slept, their houses crashed down, killing over 100 and injuring four times as many. The shock waves travelled as far as Delhi, where people were jolted into wakefulness by swinging fans, clanging utensils, shuddering beds and barking dogs.

The images are stark and traumatic. In Chamoli, a mother and her two daughters rummage among the remains of their collapsed house. A little girl carries her injured dog in her lap. People mistake scribes for government officials, pointing out their damaged houses and imploring them to take a visual testimony. Bhagat Singh Bisht, sheltered in a makeshift tent with his family, stares...

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