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Impact of an educational program on earthquake awareness and preparedness in Nepal

Shiba Subedi1, György Hetényi1, and Ross Shackleton2 Shiba Subedi et al.
  • 1Institute of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2Institute of Geography and Sustainability, Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Abstract. Scientific education of local communities is key to help reduce the risk associated with natural disasters, such as earthquakes. Western Nepal has a history of major seismic events and is highly prone to further earthquakes; however, the majority of the population is not aware about or prepared for them. To increase earthquake awareness and improve preparedness, a seismology education program was established at 22 schools in Nepal. In each school, educational activities were performed by teaching earthquake related topics in classrooms, offering training to teachers and through installing a low-cost seismometer network which supported both teaching and awareness objectives. To test the effects of this program we conducted two surveys with school children, one before and one after the initiation of the program, with several hundred participants in each. The survey findings highlighted that educational activities implemented at schools are effective in raising the awareness levels and in improving the adaptive capacities and preparedness for future earthquakes. However, perceptions of risk did not change so much. Furthermore, we know there was dissemination of this information to the broader community though social learning, leading to broad scale awareness. A high and positive impact of program on the students and the community is encouraging to continue and expand the program.

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We study the impact of an educational seismology program on earthquake awareness and preparedness in Nepal. We see educational activities implemented at schools are effective in raising the awareness levels and in improving the adaptive capacities and preparedness for future earthquakes. Knowledge also reached to the broader community though social learning, leading to broad scale awareness. The result observed in this study is encouraging for the continuation and expansion of the program.
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