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Title: Seismic performance of the rural habitat on the MBT
Authors: Sinvhal, Amita
Pandey, Ashok D.
Pore, S. M.
Keywords: Main Boundary Thrust
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Series/Report no.: Open-File Report 2010
Abstract: Earthquake disasters and the accompanying human casualties are almost synonymous with destruction of the rural habitat. More than one million people were killed the world over, in the twentieth century alone, mostly due to collapse of stone houses. This is more so for the seismo tectonically active Alpine Himalayan belt. The Main Boundary Thrust (MBT) within the Himalayan collision zone, has been repeatedly and frequently visited by disastrous earthquakes. Due to the known adverse seismic hazards on and around the MBT, the human habitat is vulnerable and large populations are at risk within the Himalayan arc. This situation intensifies in the western, and in the eastern syntaxis. These syntaxes witness more frequent and larger earthquakes compared to the rest of the Himalayan arc. This exhibits an extreme seismic condition; in fact, it is the worst -case earthquake disaster scenario.
Gov't Doc #: U.S. Geological Survey,Open-File Report 2010-1099
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