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October 20, 1991 - The catastrophic Uttarkashi earthquake

Tuesday, October 20th 2020, 6:00 am - The Uttarkashi earthquake struck northern India on October 20th. It became the deadliest earthquake in the Himalayan region since 1950.

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On October 20, 1991, at 2:53 am, the Uttarkashi earthquake shook the Garhwal Himalayas in northern India.

The area was home to 307,000 people spread out among 1,300 villages. Because of the population was so dense, the impact was severe.

A total of 768 people were killed and 5,066 people were injured. Around 20,000 homes were obliterated and 70,000 were damaged.

The earthquake caused massive landslides to take place, which caused power and telephone outages.

There was also extensive infrastructure damage, including the crumbling of bridges and roads, which made the rescue mission extremely difficult. The army was called in to help with immediate support.

To learn more about the devastating events caused by the Uttarkashi earthquake, listen to today's episode of "This Day In Weather History”.

"This Day In Weather History” is a daily podcast by The Weather Network that features unique and informative stories from host Chris Mei.

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