AKU serious about earthquake preparedness
October 24, 2013
The recent earthquake in Baluchistan and its sizeable aftershock both of which were felt in Karachi as well were a stark reminder of the dangers posed by earthquakes to Central and South Asia. Karachi, the largest metropolitan area of Pakistan and home to the University’s main campus, lies on a major fault line and consequently, each year to prepare for any seismic eventuality the University conducts an ‘earthquake drill’.
The sounding of the alarm is the signal for AKU faculty, staff, students and volunteers to follow the earthquake preparedness protocol – Drop, Cover and Hold On – ducking under tables, desks and other sturdy pieces of furniture and holding on for a minute, practising what to do and where to take shelter in case an earthquake strikes.
The drill is part of the Aga Khan Development Network’s ShakeOut Campaign across Central and South Asia, covering Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The drill aims to mainstream disaster management, accelerate emergency preparedness and risk reduction and to promote seismic safety consciousness and readiness at AKU.