Steps in earthquake proofing a country

A case study of Myanmar

  • G. A. MacRae University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • U.T. Myint Hlaing Universities Campus, Yangon, Myanmar
  • S.K. Jain Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Gandhinagar, India


In many countries around the world, building and bridge structures with close proximity to known earthquake faults have been constructed with little consideration to the effects of strong ground shaking. This paper discusses some of the infrastructure and systems required in a country to prevent structural collapse, and hence major loss, in a major earthquake. The modus operandi of one group which seeks to reduce earthquake loss in these countries, the World Seismic Safety Initiative, is described. Finally, a case study is carried out on Myanmar where extraordinary strides that have been made toward earthquake risk reduction in a relatively short period of time.


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How to Cite
MacRae, G. A., Myint, U., & Jain, S. (2011). Steps in earthquake proofing a country. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 44(2), 87-98.