The National Earthquake Safety Day is observed by organizing various awareness programs across the country. In commemoration of the devastating earthquake that struck in Nepal at 2:24 pm on Magh 2, 1990 BS. The government had started observing it as the National Earthquake Safety Day on January 16, 1999.
23rd National Earthquake Safety Day
The main function of the Day is going to organized at the Kumari Temple Complex Bode in Madhyapur Thimi Municipality of Bhaktapur.
Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa (Badal) is the chief guest this year. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is the chief guest of the program. And he is going to inaugurate ‘Earthquake Safety Digital Expo’. Mayor Shrestha said, “The municipality has completed all preparations of the program. Security arrangement is strong.”
Due to the coronavirus, there will be various public awareness programs at the federal, state, and local levels of the country through online technology and fulfilling health standards.
A two-day national seminar on seismic safety, digital seismic safety exhibitions. And other programs are going to organized through social media and mass media, and online technology.
Earthquake Safety Day is celebrated every year on Magh 2. The Government of Nepal, under the coordination of the Ministry of Home Affairs, has been observing this day every year since 2055 BS. With the objective of expressing commitment for the effective implementation of new technologies and measures. With exchanging past efforts and experiences on earthquake risk reduction and preparedness in the country.
The slogan of 23rd National Earthquake Safety Day
The slogan is ‘Earthquake Safety in Multiple Disasters, Protection of People’s Lives in Common Cooperation‘.
A mega earthquake struck Nepal with its epicenter at Barpak on April 25, 2015. Killing almost 9,000 people and destroying over 800,000 houses in the country.
The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal lies in one of the active continental collision zone of the world, the Himalaya, where the probability of Earthquake occurrence is very high. Many destructive Earthquakes are in the historical records within the Himalayan arc. Out of which the 1934 Bihar-Nepal Earthquake and 2015 Gorkha Earthquake Ml 7.6 (Mw 7.8) occurred in the Nepal Himalaya. Seismic Risk Reduction mainly depends on Earthquake hazard assessment based on Seismic instrumental data. It largely contributes not only to the seismo-tectonics of the region but also provides a valuable database for the Global Seismic Hazard.