The Kachchh and adjoining region in western India have been affected in the past by large damaging earthquakes. In 1668, an M 7 earthquake razed Samaji, a town 200 km west of Kachchh on the Indus delta in Pakistan (Chandra, 1977). In 1819, an Mw 7.6 earthquake 100 km northwest of Bhuj formed a 90 km long and 6 m high scarp along the Allah Bund fault (Bilham and Gaur, 2000). In 1845, an earthquake of modified Mercalli intensity VIII hit Lakhpat in the western part of Kutch (Rajendran and Rajendran, 2001) and...

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