The recent spurt in global earthquake activity has enhanced the consciousness about the increasing vulnerability of large population in the region close to Himalayas and has made significant long‐term social and economic impacts. The observation of strong motion and the investigation of the destruction from these earthquakes provide the disciplines of seismology and earthquake engineering with informative and valuable data, experiences, and lessons and raise a number of important scientific challenges. Himalaya is among the most seismically active regions in the world and has experienced several earthquake disasters during historical times. In the last 50 years, the population of India...

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