Earthquake Survival

On 26 January 2001 an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale devastated the Indian state of Gujarat. The shock waves lasted about two minutes, followed by aftershocks for more than a month. With a death toll exceeding 20,000 the city of Bhuj sustained the most casualties with whole blocks were reduced to rubble and areas damaged beyond comprehension.

Amid the rubble and devastation a number of buildings constructed with Indian Qpanel remained standing and relatively undamaged. Impressed by this performance the JNTU College of Engineering immediately sent Dr N. V. Rao, Professor of Civil Engineering, to investigate and report.

In part, Professor Rao's report indicated that the natural strengths of Qpanel help withstand tension, compression, shear and flexure while the unique tongue and groove system permits local adjustment for shock absorption.

Following this report the Indian Government selected Qpanel for much of the relief and infrastructure redevelopment work.

It became essential to immediately restore communication and transport. Qpanel was specified by the Government and prefabricated telephone exchanges were constructed. The first railway station was completed within ten days and seventy more followed in addition to 354 schools, two hospitals and custom offices. The project forged a strong reputation for the Indian manufacturer.

The images show Qpanel constructed buildings remaining relatively undamaged amid the ruins.