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Development of Mobile Application to Assess and Enhance Earthquake Preparedness Level of Individuals and Community in India

  • S. Kolathayar
  • V. Karan Kumar
  • V. R. Rohith
  • K. Priyatham
  • S. Nikil
  • S. A. Anupa
Conference paper
Part of the Sustainable Civil Infrastructures book series (SUCI)

Abstract

Earthquake is one of the natural hazards that affected the mankind the most with large scale destruction and loss of lives. According to IS 1893:2002, 60% Indian landmass (Zone V = 12%, Zone IV = 18%, Zone III = 26% and Zone II 44%) is vulnerable to earthquakes and several studies have shown that highly populated states of North and North Eastern India, belong to seismically active regions in the world. There is a need to bring the spirit of togetherness and alertness well before a disaster so that a community can be prepared well to face the disaster and thus reduce the loss of life and properties. This involves building a community that is aware of the earthquake hazards and prepared for it. There is a dire need for effective earthquake preparedness and an assessment tool that can assist individuals and communities to prepare, respond and recover from earthquakes. With the latest technological developments, the effective way of communicating the information required for improving the preparedness levels of individuals towards earthquakes is through mobile based applications. Hence development of a mobile APP is need of the hour. This study focuses on developing java based application which serves as an assessment tool to measure the preparedness level of an individual and community. The information required to be prepared for an earthquake such as latest information about earthquakes, actions to be taken during an earthquake, seismic zones in India are also provided through this tool. This paper also presents a preliminary case study of applying the developed app among the community from south Indian city of Coimbatore to understand the status of earthquake preparedness and awareness among the community.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Kolathayar
    • 1
  • V. Karan Kumar
    • 1
  • V. R. Rohith
    • 1
  • K. Priyatham
    • 1
  • S. Nikil
    • 1
  • S. A. Anupa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering CoimbatoreAmrita Vishwa VidyapeethamCoimbatoreIndia

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