Am I at risk?

Do you know if you’re living under sismic risk?
One of the way to know that is to check historic data.
The other thing is to check the social vulnerability of the place you live in. Indeed, what’s killing more are damaged infrastructures and you need to consider how ready institutions are to face a crisis situation.
This is why the GEM has launched a new map to assess that:

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And learn about what you can do to get ready!


By the way, if you want to find out why some buildings fall during an earthquake check this resource out: Building Resonance: Structural stability during earthquakes- Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

In short:

  • All buildings have a natural period, or resonance, which is the number of seconds it takes for the building to naturally vibrate back and forth.
  • The ground also has a specific resonant frequency.
  • Hard bedrock has higher frequencies softer sediments.
  • If the period of ground motion matches the natural resonance of a building, it will undergo the largest oscillations possible and suffer the greatest damage.