The Indian earthquake problem is well known. About 60% of India's land area is considered prone to shaking of Modified Mercalli intensity VII and above (IS:1893-2002). In fact, the entire Himalayan belt is considered prone to great earthquakes of magnitude exceeding 8.0, and in a span of 53 years, four such earthquakes occurred: 1897 Assam, 1905 Kangra, 1934 Bihar-Nepal, and 1950 Assam-Tibet (Table 1). As seen in Table 1, there have not been any M > 8.0 earthquakes in India since 1950. However, a very large number of deaths occurred in the M 6.4 Latur (1993) and...

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