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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Publication details for Dr Hanna Ruszczyk

Ruszczyk, Hanna A. The Earthquake and Ideas Lying Around. In: Bracken, Louise A., Ruszczyk, Hanna & Robinson, Tom Evolving Narratives of Hazard and Risk, The Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal, 2015. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan; 2018:125-139.

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This chapter explores how the earthquake allowed other ideas to take root in Nepal and become reality. The earthquake reinvigorated central government–level interest in implementing the National Building Code. The earthquake also created the momentum for the national constitution to be promulgated after years of discussion. Based on my experience of the earthquake and the aftermath of the constitution, I propose that implementation of urban planning and earthquake-resistant construction as well as the political implications of the constitution and the ensuing economic blockade were as important as the earthquake for large parts of the country.