The 1946 earthaques

Click on the titles (underlined) below to discover all the information related to the different activities/events planned in the canton of Valais on the occasion of the 75th commemoration of the 1946 earthquakes


The 1946 earthquakes

Remembering the past in order to prepare for the next earthquake in Valais


Séismes de 1946 couverture UNIL

On 25 January 1946, the Valais was hit by a major earthquake estimated to have a magnitude of 5.8, followed by aftershocks throughout the spring, the strongest of which occurred on 30 May, Ascension Day.Who remembers it 75 years later? Launched at the initiative of the “Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur la Montagne” (CIRM) of the University of Lausanne, with the participation of several research centres, cantonal services and scientific associations, a series of events will be held in 2021 to remember the events of 1946, to take stock of our current scientific knowledge about earthquake risk in Switzerland and the level of preparedness, and to keep alive peoples memory of the risk 



The educational trail




This game will allow you to discover, through a trail in the old town of Sion, what an earthquake is, how and why it occurs, how to estimate its damage, how to estimate its magnitude, how to act to limit the damage that an earthquake can cause and what actions can be taken to reduce earthquake damage 



Make your own seismometer


Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie, Route du Rawyl 47, 1950 Sion


To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1946 Valais earthquake, come and take part in an afternoon workshop to build your own seismometer. It can be installed at home and will allow you and your family to follow and record in real time the movements of the earth from your home


As of March 15, 2021, there are no more spaces available for these workshops

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