World Conference on Earthquake Engineering

A commemorative postage stamp on 6th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering :

Issued by IndiaSixth World Conference of Earthquake Engineering

Issued on Jan 10, 1977

Issued for : The Posts and Telegraphs Department is happy to bring out a commemorative stamp to mark this occasion.

Picture : The design of the stamp shows symbolically the seismogram on a recording drum. The split in the earth’s crust represents the faulting responsible for earthquake occurrence.

Type : StampPostal Used

Watermark : No

Colour : Plum 

Denomination : 200 Paise

Overall Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Printing Size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper

Stamps Printed : 20,00,000 in sheets of 35

Designed and Printed at : India Security Press

Printing Process : Photogravure

About : 

  • The Sixth World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, was held at New Delhi from January 10 to 14, 1977 under the auspices of the International Association on Earthquake Engineering. The invitation for this was extended by the Indian Society of Earthquake Technology and the Institution of Engineering (India). Several other Government Departments and organizations were co-sponsors of the Conference.
  • The Conference is one in a series held every four years. The first Conference was held in 1956 at San Francisco. The scope and participation in these conferences have gradually increased and they have played an important role in furthering research studies in the field of earthquake engineering. The Conference brings together seismologists, geologists and engineers to discuss the problems of earthquake hazards like their prediction, mitigation of risk, design of various engineering structures for earthquake resistance, rescue operations, etc.
  • The Conference has special significance for India which has about 55% of its area under seismic zones. The Geological Survey of India and the India Meteorological Department have been studying tectonic and seismological problems for long. For studying the engineering aspects, the School of Research and Training in Earthquake Engineering was established in 1960 at the University of Roorkee, Roorkee. With the co-operation of these and other organisations, the first code of practice for earthquake resistant design of structures was published by the Indian Standards Institution in 1962. The code has since been updated three times and used extensively. Earthquake engineering studies have now made substantial advance in India and the country is proud of hosting the Sixth World Conference on this subject [the facts and figures are at the time of issuance of this stamp].

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