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Tectonics, Design Combine for Indian Disaster--More Coming

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Science  02 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5505, pp. 802-803
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5505.802

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The major earthquake that shattered the western Indian state of Gujarat last week came as no surprise to seismologists. Neither did the devastation--more than 10,000 people died in a few minutes. But worse is on the way: Seismologists are as certain as they can be that larger quakes, upward of a dozen, will strike along the northern edge of the subcontinent.