‘India should start preparing for a large earthquake in Uttarakhand’ – Rediff.com India News

Dave Petley, an expert on landslides has been working on  landslides in the Himalayas since 2000 AD. He thinks that the Himalayas are very fragile, much more so than the Alps. This is partly because geologically they are very young and are still being pushed up, partly because the climate is much more dynamic (in particular the monsoon can bring high rainfall totals in a few days) and partly because humans are much more vulnerable and less resilient. Thus, the Himalayas are in effect the global hotspot for landslide activity. 

He further feels that the several thousand houses and hundreds of  guest-houses should not have been built in such a vulnerable location. If they had been in a safer location then the tragedy would have been avoided. Simple approaches, like limiting development to safe locations, are much more effective than are warning systems. (To read more….)

via ‘India should start preparing for a large earthquake in Uttarakhand’ – Rediff.com India News.


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Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email: ihpindia@gmail.com

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