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Some Observations on Engineering Aspects of the Jabalpur Earthquake of 22 May 1997

The Jabalpur earthquake of May 22, 1997, in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India, is an important event for India from the point of view of seismic preparedness and expertise in repair of seismically damaged structures. This is the first time that an M6 earthquake has occurred this close to a major city in India, Jabalpur having a population of about 1.2 million people. This means that for the first time, it was possible to observe the seismic response of modern Indian building types which are prevalent all over the country and are unique to India.

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