Historic Earthquakes

Magnitude 7.7 INDIA
2001 January 26 03:16:40 UTC

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The earthquake was felt throughout northwest India and much of Pakistan. Also felt in western Nepal and Bangladesh. On June 16, 1819 an earthquake in this same general area killed 1500-2000 people.

At least 20,005 people killed, 166,836 injured, approximately 339,000 buildings destroyed and 783,000 damaged in the Bhuj-Ahmadabad-Rajkot area and other parts of Gujarat. Many bridges and roads damaged in Gujarat. At least 18 people killed and some injured in southern Pakistan. Felt throughout northern India and much of Pakistan. Also felt in Bangladesh and western Nepal. The earthquake occurred along an approximately east-west trending thrust fault at shallow depth. The stress that caused this earthquake is due to the Indian plate pushing northward into the Eurasian plate. Complex earthquake. A small event is followed by a larger one about 2 seconds later.