Liquefaction of Soil During Earthquakes

Earthquakes cause liquefaction of soil, transforming granular material from a solid to a liquefied state as a consequence of increased pore-water pressure and reduced effective stress. The generation of excess pore pressure under undrained loading conditions is a hallmark of all liquefaction phenomena. This occurrence was brought to the attention of engineers more so after […]

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Evaluating Catastrophe Insurance

Disaster plans, which are integrated into regular development plans, are now drawn by each state in India and steps are taken to make changes in infrastructure, administration, communication devices, emergency services, etc., to mitigate the losses caused by disasters. Currently, two types of funds are in place: the Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) and the National […]

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Chemical Industry Safety in India

Chemical industries are process industries, primarily engaged in converting raw material into intermediates or end products by physical or chemical means. Process activities consist of manufacturing, storage, handling and transportation of hazardous chemicals in bulk or packaged condition to the final consumers. As the chemical industry has grown in size and complexity, there have been […]

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Utilisation of Open Source Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Preparedness

Each state in India has its disaster preparedness plan and as per the new guidelines of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) even districts have preparedness plans along the lines of state plans. Cyclone Phailin has shown that if local or central agencies are prepared for a disaster before it strikes, loss of life can […]

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Changing Landscapes of Disasters in India

Local risk landscapes are changing fast, with frequent and intense weather events, and societal and environmental stresses which are becoming increasingly uncertain and unpredictable. As a result, many current approaches towards landscapes disasters have only had a partial impact despite concerted efforts at development interventions. According to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, […]

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