Coimbatore: The Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management (CCCDM) at Anna University, Chennai, organized a capacity building programme on earthquake-resistant structures for corporation officials at Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies here on Sunday. Officials from 15 corporations across the state participated in the programme.
After inaugurating the programme, Coimbatore city corporation commissioner M Sivaguru Prabakaran said, “Natural disasters will not kill people, but the collapse of buildings and structures will.” He emphasized on the importance of the existing codal provisions, IS 1893:2002 and 2016, which outline criteria for earthquake-resistant structures.
“The damageability and ductility of beam junctions designed to delay building collapse during high-intensity earthquakes could provide crucial seconds for people to escape from collapsing buildings,” he said. He also shared experiences with advanced earthquake-resistant building technologies like pendulum power, base isolation and shock absorbers.
Sweta Suman, additional collector, Coimbatore, emphasized on the importance of adopting techniques used in Japanese cities to enhance the resiliency of structures during earthquakes in seismic-prone areas of Tamil Nadu.

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