Kutch Mainland Fault (KMF)

  • The Kutch Mainland Fault (KMF) is the major east-west trending fault.
  • The fault line extends for over 150 km from Lakhpat to Bhachau.
  • It has been dormant for the last 1,000-odd years
  • The fragile crust of Kutch holds four major active faults which frequently liberate energy in the form of earthquakes.
  • The devastating January 26, 2001 earthquake had occurred from the South Wagad fault system.
  • According to recent study Kutch Mainland Fault (KMF), has been accumulating stress within and could trigger an earthquake.
  • The study also gives evidence that there were four major earthquakes on KMF between 5600 and 1000 Before Present.
  • Before Present is a time scale used by geologists to define events that happened before the origin of radiocarbon dating technology in the 1950s.

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