earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale.
26th January 2001 at 08:46 local time.
earthquake occurred in north-western India. The epicentre was
close to the small desert town of Bhuj in the north-western state
lies on a collision margin. The Indo-Australian and the Eurasian
Plate collide into each other at the rate of around 2cm per year.
As neither can subduct (both plates are continental) the land
where the two plate meet is forced upwards. Over the last 60 million
years this process has formed The Himalayas
the two continental plates move towards each other pressure builds
up. Eventually this pressure is released. This caused the earthquake