Cities Prone to Earthquake

Nepal is officially the Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. With an area of 147,181 square kilometres (56,827 sq mi) and a population of approximately 27 million (and nearly 2 million absentee workers living abroad), Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country. Located over highly active seismic fault line, infrastructure of this city is not prepared to take serious blows. The city has already shattered once in 20th century due to a strong earthquake.

Cities Prone to Earthquake

Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey is officially the Republic of Turkey is a transcontinental country, located mostly on Anatolia in Western Asia and on East Thrace in Southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. Istanbul is home to more than 12 million people, and any major earthquake here can ruin the city, completely. According to experts, it lies in the earthquake-prone zone and is over one of the most active seismic fault lines on the planet.

Delhi, India
India is officially the Republic of India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east. While there have been incidents of earthquakes all across India, Delhi has witnessed many tremors off and on. It is believed to be in the earthquake-prone zone and on the same belt that extends along Islamabad, Pakistan. Moreover, as it is densely populated, any major earthquake can devastate the capital completely.

Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador is officially the Republic of Ecuador is a representative democratic republic in South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west. The city witnessed major earthquakes in years 1859 and 1949, claiming huge infrastructural loss in addition to lot of deaths. It is said to be prone to earthquakes.

Manila, Philippines
The Philippines is officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam. Manila witnesses minor earthquakes frequently, rather on a daily basis. While some prove to be harmless, major ones shake the city completely, resulting in huge losses – both to infrastructure and life.

Islamabad, Pakistan
Pakistan is officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a sovereign country in South Asia. With a population exceeding 180 million people, it is the sixth most populous country in the world. Islamabad is believed to lie in the danger zone, seismic zone. Densely populated, any major earthquake can claim thousands of life in this city, as did one in 2005 that measured 7.6 on the Richter scale.

San Salvador, El Salvador
El Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. The country’s capital city and largest city is San Salvador; Santa Ana and San Miguel are also important cultural and commercial centers in the country as well as Central America.However, the city has not experienced any major earthquake in the recent past; it gets minor shocks every now and then. The last major earthquake witnessed by San Salvador was in 1971. The one from 2001 also claimed many lives.

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