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U.P. Earthquake of 1991

In this article we will discuss U.P. Earthquake of 1991

U.P. Earthquake of 1991

A severe earthquake occurred in Garhwal region of Uttar Pradesh on 20th Oct. 1991.
Intensive tremors were felt at 2.53 a.m., which lasted for about 45 seconds. The magnitude of earthquake was measured 6.6 on Richter scale and its epicenter was at Angola, a place near Uttarkashi, Mild tremors are a regular feature of the area. The worst affected areas have been in the district of Uttarkashi, Tehri Garhwal and Chamoli while it also caused sizeable damage in the districts of Dehradun, Pauri Garhwal and Nainital. The roads and
bridges are the chief means of communication in hill region, which underwent heavy damage. The economy of such places is based on tourism to a great extent, which suffered a great set back. The overhead drinking tanks and pipelines had developed cracks. Sources of drinking water had been damaged. The earthquake caused intensive damage to the building of various government departments, Forest, Home, Finance and Rural Development.

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