Gujarat Earthquake 2001 was one of the deadliest earthquakes in the history of India. Thousands of people died in a few minutes and other thousands of people injured. Kutch was badly affected from the earthquake and a few villages have been disappeared from the map completely. Many buildings had fallen like playing cards during the earthquake 2001.
Let’s have a look at 11 facts about Gujarat Earthquake 2001
9 Facts About Gujarat Earthquake 2001
1. Thousands of People Died
According to the reports, the earthquake killed between 13,805 and 20,023 people, which was one of the deadliest earthquakes in the history of India.
2. Millions of House Destroyed
According to the official figure, the earthquake destroyed about 400,000 homes and unofficial figure is much larger than that.
3. Earthquake Magnitude and Time
It was one of the strongest earthquakes in the history of India. The government recorded a magnitude of 7.7 on the moment magnitude scale and it was lasted for over 2 minutes.
4. Bhuj Civil Hospital destroyed completely
Bhuj Civil Hospital was destroyed completely due to this deadly earthquake which killed thousands of people in the state.
5. Gujarat Earthquake 2001 Epicentre
The epicentre of Gujarat Earthquake 2001 was located about 20 kms North East of Bhuj, Gujarat. Bhuj was completely destroyed after earthquake hit the district hard.
6. Worst Affected Areas
Bhuj, Anjar, Rapar, Bachau, Morvi, Wankaner, Ahmedabad City, Jodiya, and Dhrol were the worst affected areas of Gujarat Earthquake 2001.
7. On 26th January, 2001, Paramilitary Forces Reached
The Government of India sent 1500 Paramilitary personnel of BSF,RAF, CRPF, SSB to Ahmedabad, Bhuj and Jamnagar.
8. Money Poured From Around The World
To build Gujarat again, World Bank (WB) announced an assistance amount of $300 million. Asian Development Bank (ADB) also announced an assistance of $350 million.
9. Unknown Fact: Corruption in Relief Work and Many Other
Many corrupted people ate relief material as well as money given for the relief of victims of Gujarat Earthquake 2001.
Article first published on April 24, 2016.