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Effects of earthquake on traditional houses of Kathmandu
Journal of the Institute of Engineering (1982)
  • Bhishna Bajracharya
Abstract
The paper explains some of the earthquake resistance measures in traditional houses of Kathmandu, Nepal. They include symmetry in design of buildings, double framing of openings and system of wooden wedges to secure timber joists with walls, all of which can help reduce earthquake effects. Based on information from secondary sources, the paper also discusses the causes of  extensive damage in Kathmandu Valley after the major earthquake of 1934 and argues the need for the design against roof collapse to minimize the loss of lives during earthquakes in Nepal.


Keywords
  • faults,
  • fractures,
  • shock waves,
  • seismic zone,
  • structure
Publication Date
January, 1982
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Bajracharya, B. N. (1982). Effects of earthquake on traditional houses of Kathmandu. Journal of the Institute  of Engineering, 1(1), 62-76.

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Bhishna Bajracharya. "Effects of earthquake on traditional houses of Kathmandu" Journal of the Institute of Engineering Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (1982) p. 62 - 76 ISSN: 1810-3383
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bhishna_bajracharya/44/