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7.9 earthquake at Bhuj, 21 January 2001

7.9 earthquake at Bhuj, 21 January 2001
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Key Info
  • 7.9 earthquake at Bhuj, 21 January 2001
  • Duration: 06:22
  • 20,000 people died and 100,000 lost their homes in the 2001 earthquake at Bhuj, Gujarat, in India. Poor countries simply cannot afford engineering solutions as part of their hazard management plans, therefore the damage is greater than for comparable sized earthquakes in more economically developed countries. It is the buildings that kill people, not the earthquakes. The importance of ensuring fresh water supplies and fixing the infrastructure (roads etc) is explained.
  • Subject:

    Geography

       Topic:

    Natural Hazards: Tectonic Activity

  • Keywords: disaster, aid agencies, hazard management, Red Cross, International Rescue Corps, rehabilitation, earthquake, water supply, relief, geography, Bhuj earthquake
Ideas for use in class
  • A useful case study of the impact of the Bhuj earthquake on the urban landscape and population. There is also reference to the role of aid agencies and local organisations in the aftermath.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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