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In which year a major earthquake occured in Latur region?
1. 1993
2. 1997
3. 1998
4. 2001

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Correct Answer - Option 1 : 1993

The correct answer is 1993.

  • On September 30, 1993, at 3:56 a.m. local time (UTC+05:30), the Latur earthquake struck India. Maharashtra, a state in Western India, was the most affected.
  • The earthquake mainly struck the districts of Latur and Osmanabad, including Latur's Ausa block and Osmanabad's Omerga. In the intraplate earthquake, fifty-two villages were destroyed.
  • It had a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale, killing 10,000 people and injuring 30,000 more. Since the hypocenter of the earthquake was only around 10 kilometers deep, shock waves were able to inflict more harm.
  • On October 2, 1993, at about 10 a.m., the first convoy of over 120 trucks carrying relief supplies such as tents, blankets, food and clothes, medical supplies, and temporary shelters provided by international donors left Mumbai.
  • The Indian Army, the 42nd battalion of the MIL, the State Reserve Police Force, the Central Reserve Police Force, and other law enforcement agencies rushed their staff almost immediately after the quake, anticipating a higher number of casualties. 

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