Abrams, Daniel P.; Aschheim, Mark; Bodin, P.; Deaton, S.; Dotson, Sue; Frost, D.; Ghosh, S.K.; Horton, S.; Johnston, A.; Nichols, J.; Rossetto, T.; Tuttle, M.; Withers, M.
The Bhuj Earthquake of 2001
Abrams, Daniel P.
Mid-America Earthquake (MAE) Center
The decision to send a team of earthquake engineering researchers and seismologists half way
around the world to investigate a tragic earthquake was indeed a difficult one to make considering
the circumstances. Logistical problems, from obtaining visas to transporting large equipment
packages to mobilization in the field, were enough by themselves to find every reason for not
having a reconnaissance effort. Moreover, risks posed by health and safety of investigators in the
disaster region, along with the myriad of political issues and high costs associated with an
international study of this degree, required much contemplation before a decision was made to
deploy a team of investigators. However, an affirmative decision was made because of the
benefits that the investigation would have with regard to the Center’s emphasis on earthquake
loss reduction in the Central United States. Whereas no two earthquakes and their resulting
consequences are identical, similarities between the New Madrid and Bhuj earthquakes, as noted
is this report, were sufficient to justify sending a team.