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ES 18:Sup A (Jul 2002) Bhuj, India, Earthquake of January 26, 2001

Bhuj, India, Earthquake of January 26, 2001, Reconnaissance Report

This 7.7 magnitude earthquake occurred in the state of Gujarat in western India. Approximately 14,000 lives were lost and over 167,000 persons injured. Damage was spread over a radius of 400 kilometers from the epicenter. The first major quake to hit an urban area of India in the last 50 years, it caused extensive liquefaction and slope failures but no primary surface fault rupture. The resulting net economic loss is estimated to be about US $5 billion. This volume is a joint report from the combined EERI-NSF team. It covers the seismotectonic setting; local geological and geotechnical effects; performance of buildings, lifelines, and other structures and facilities; and social and governmental response. Guest editors: Sudhir K. Jain, William R. Lettis, C. V. R. Murty, Jean-Pierre Bardet, 398 pp.

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