Art and culture
2nd Sep, 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated Smritivan, a museum in Gujarat's Kutch built as a tribute to those who died in the 26 January 2001 Gujarat earthquake.
Smriti Van Earthquake Museum is segregated into seven blocks on seven themes:
- Location: The 470-acre Smritivan Memorial Project is situated atop Bhujiyo Dungar, Bhuj, Kutch.
- The journey of Bhuj following the 2001 earthquake is narrated in the form of a presentation.
- It carries the names of around 13,000 people who had lost their lives during the earthquake.
- The museum's floors and walls were created from indigenous Kutch stone.
- This stone's fascinating trait is that it only gets stronger with use.
- The project boasts of an earthquake museum spanning over 11,500 square metres, 50 check dams, sun point, and pathways with an overall length of eight kilometers.
- In addition to providing a glimpse of the rich Harappan civilisation, the science of seismology, Gujarat's legacy, culture, and art, and real-time emergency circumstances via a control room.
2001 Bhuj Earthquake:
- On 26 January 2001, India was struck by one of the worst earthquakes in its history.
- Gujarat’s Kutch district reported a powerful quake of 7.7 magnitudes, which upended the lives of around 3.78 crore people.
- Tens of thousands of people were killed and around 1.5 lakh others were injured due to the earthquake.