The 26 January 2001 (Mw 7.7) Bhuj earthquake, in the Kachchh region of Gujarat, India, caused 13,819 deaths, U.S. $10 billion in economic losses and damaged more than 1 million houses (Gupta, Purnachandra Rao, et al. 2001, Gupta, Harinarayana, et al. 2001; Rastogi et al. 2001). The city of Bhuj and neighboring villages were most affected. The damage can be seen as far as Ahmedabad, 240 km from the epicenter, where 69 reinforced buildings collapsed (Department of Earthquake Engineering, University of Roorkee 2001). Gujarat and the adjoining region falls under all four seismic...

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