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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.

Classroom Ideas

Can be used as a case study of the effects of the Bhuj earthquake, examining the primary and secondary effects as well as the short and long term responses and the overall social, economic and environmental ramifications of the disaster.

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