Some 600 delegates from 35 countries have been taking part in the sixth world conference on 'Earthquake Engineering' in New Delhi, in India.
GV EXT Vigyan Bhavan building, New Delhi, India
SV Banner proclaiming world earthquake conference with delegates seated behind
CU & SVs President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed of India speaking and delegates listening (6 shots)
Gv Scenes of earthquake devastation in Turkey and China with Ahmed address voice-over
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: INDIAN PRESIDENT FAKHRUDDIN ALI AHMED: "The last couple of year have been marked by uncommonly large number of damaging earthquakes in the world. The Tangshan earthquake in China during July 1976 has taken a very heavy toll of lives. This was so even when the knowledge of the prediction of earthquakes has made considerable progress in China. We in India have been quite aligned to the problem of earthquake hazard. It is difficult for me to estimate to what extent the losses due to major earthquakes can be minimised, even if reliable, sharp, razor clear ........predictions with regard to their size, time and place were made available. I have great pleasure in inaugurating the conference and I wish your delegation all success."
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Some 600 delegates from 35 countries have been taking part in the sixth world conference on 'Earthquake Engineering' in New Delhi, in India. The five-day meeting began by examining way in which to minimise damage caused by earthquakes.
SYNOPSIS: The conference, which opened on Monday (10 January), is being held at the Vigyan Bhavan centre. It's also providing an opportunity for scientists and engineers from around the world to exchange information on the latest methods of predicting earth tremors. President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed inaugurated the conference, thanking the organisers for making the meeting possible and expressing his hope for continued success in the future. One of the main points of discussion is the development of alternative forms of housing, or the strengthening of existing stone and brick structures to prevent severe 'quake damage.