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IIT’s innovative quake plan

Vijetha S.N.
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Dr. Vasant Matsagar— Photo: V.V. Krishnan
Dr. Vasant Matsagar— Photo: V.V. Krishnan

“If you arrange this equipment below a table, then nothing on top will fall, even during an earthquake,” says Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi Prof. R. Ayothiraman, who has developed the ‘Earthquake Safety of Precious and Delicate Household Items’ along with two of his colleagues, Dr. Vasant Matsagar and Mr. Pravin Jagtap.

They are all set to display their project at the ninth edition of IIT-Delhi’s ‘Open House’ this Saturday.

In their laboratory, there are models of buildings and household items that “are subjected to real earthquakes and their behaviour is investigated”.

During an earthquake, buildings will shake, things will fall and communication lines may get cut-off even if it is a mild tremor like the one that was felt across the city on Tuesday afternoon.

“Some of the things that fall might include dangerous chemical substances in laboratories. In such a situation, even though the earthquake itself is mild, the consequences of things falling will turn out to be a bigger disaster,” says Dr. Ayothiraman, explaining the main reason behind their project.


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