The Assam earthquake of 1897 occurred on June 12, 1897 in Assam, British Raj, and had an estimated magnitude of 8.1Mw.

Thought to have happened 20 miles (32 km) underground, it left 150,000 square miles (390,000 km2) of masonry buildings in ruins and was felt over 250,000 square miles (650,000 km2) from Burma to New Delhi. There were very many aftershocks.

Considering the size of the earthquake, the mortality rate was not that high, with about 1500 casualties, but property damage was very heavy.

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@ 2010-05-11 07:48:02
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