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The Great Western-Himalayan Earthquake of 1505: A Rupture of the Central Himalayan Gap?
Tibet, Past and Present: Tibetan Studies I. PIATS 2000: Tibetan Studies: Proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Leiden 2000
Format: Conference Paper
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Brill
Place of Publication: Leiden; Boston; Köln
Pages: 147-159
Sources ID: 123472
Visibility: Public (group default)
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This paper discusses accounts of an earthquake in the western Himalayan region which is part of a geologic area known as the "Central Himalayan Seismic Gap". The author looks at four Tibetan biographies, as well as reports from India and Afghanistan, which present evidence for two large earthquakes occurring in the year 1505. The paper argues for greater attention to Tibetan sources in the study of natural events such as earthquakes. These references are valuable not only from a historical perspective but also for scientific purposes, particularly in helping scientists determine possible future seismic activity. (Ben Deitle 2006-03-09)

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