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National Geographic Coverage on NSET

On August, 2005 Peter Essick, Photo journalist with The national Geographic Society Visited Kathmandu, Nepal do do a report on NSET and it's activities. This is what he had to say:

I really enjoyed working with the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET) in Kathmandu, Nepal. It's a nongovernmental organization started by an earthquake scientist and designed to educate local people about earthquake safety. Considering the number of people in the area, the potential for a large earthquake, and the type of building construction in the region, Kathmandu is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. The NSET estimates that 40,000 people would be killed if a major earthquake struck, and 100,000 would be injured. So, with limited finances, this group helps retrofit local schools and buildings to make them safer. They also organize drills at hospitals to perfect triage techniques, using volunteers as earthquake victims. If an earthquake strikes this area, the NSET's work will probably save lives. It was inspiring to see their enthusiasm.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2006/04/earthquake/essick-field-notes?fs=www9.nationalgeographic.com

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