On the morning of January 26, 2001, the Nation’s 52nd Republic Day, a devastating earthquake occurred in the Kutch district of the state of Gujarat. The earthquake was felt as far away as Delhi in the north, Kolkata in the east and Chennai in the south.  Bhuj town and the village Bhachau, 60 km east of Bhuj, were the worst affected and many other areas of Gujarat including its state headquarters Ahmedabad, were badly affected. The earthquake devastated the Bhuj and nearby regions of Gujarat causing extensive loss of life and property. The total loss of life due to the earthquake is 13,805 and 12, 05,198 houses have been damaged (Source: Control Room, Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat).



Date:                           26 January 2001

Origin line:                08 hrs.46 min. 42.9 sec. IST

Epicenter:                  Latitude 23.40° N Longitude 70.28° E

Magnitude:                7.7 (Mw)

Focal Depth:             25 kms.

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Damage Photographs


Widespread devastation in villages of Kachchh district due to collapse of a non-engineered structure without earthquake-resistant features.


  Partial collapse of a non-engineered structure without earthquake-resistant features.

Collapsed corner of two-storey large block stone masonry house in Bhuj without lintel bands.


Partial collapse of single-storey masonry house in Anjar with discontinuous lintel bands.