Earthquakes in Nepal are among the most damaging natural hazards, claiming many lives and causing more widespread destruction than any other natural hazard. Yet, due to other difficulties and challenges, earthquakes are at the forefront of people’s attention only after major events, such as the 1934 or 2015 earthquakes. As a result, the current preparedness of the population for earthquakes is far below the optimal level. This calls for an immediate and widespread educational effort to increase awareness and to raise the current young generation responsibly.
In an opinion article, Hetényi & Subedi underscore Nepal’s high earthquake vulnerability and outline an all-encompassing education policy tailored to its needs, crucial for raising awareness across society.