An earthquake of magnitude Mw 7.6 (USGS) on 26 January 2001 left a trail of death and devastation in Gujarat, one of India's front-runners in industrial prosperity. The earthquake caused a heavy toll of about 20,000 dead, more than 60,000 injured, 200,000 people homeless, and more than U.S. $2 billion in losses. The epicenter of this earthquake (23.40°N, 70.3°E) was located about 10 km northeast of the town of Bachau in the Kutch district in the state of Gujarat. The focal depth was estimated to be 25 km (USGS). This earthquake was felt to Kashmir in the north, Kanyakumari...

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