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Smritivan Museum

  • Published
    26th Aug, 2022
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate Smritivan, a museum in Gujarat's Kutch built as a tribute to those who died in the 26 January 2001 Gujarat earthquake. 

About

Smritivan museum:

  • In Bhuj, Kutch, the 470-acre Smritivan Memorial Project is situated atop Bhujiyo Dungar.
  • The eight blocks that make up the museum include Rebirth, Rediscover, Restore, Rebuild, Rethink, Relive, and Renew among other names. 
  • Each block has a different attraction based on its name.
  • 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.
  • The journey of Bhuj following the 2001 earthquake is narrated in the form of a presentation.
  • The museums' 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 kilometres.


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 magnitude, 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.
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