Quetta earthquake

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The Quetta earthquake happened on 31 May 1935 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale. An estimated 30,000 to 60,000 people died.


Quetta Bond

Quetta Bond is a technique developed after the Quetta earthquake, used in brick and other masonry buildings, where vertical reinforcement is used to improve horizontal and vertical bond between walls (see image)[1]. "The Quetta Bond is simply a slight variant of [the brick laying technique] 1½ Flemish Bond where the voids are filled with concrete and steel reinforcement bars rather than brick. It was almost certainly invented (if that is the right word) by Royal Engineers. The RE was heavily involved in the aftermath of the Quetta earthquake".[2]

External links

Historical books online

Probably the same publication Quetta Earthquake, 1935 Bureau of Public Information, Government of India, Delhi, 1935. Link to a pdf download Digital Repository of GIPE, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, India
  • Seven Cantonments by Major SEG Ponder c 1938. Archive.org. The author was an Officer in the Royal Artillery, with a R A Mountain Battery unit, based on the North-West Frontier, including Peshawar, c 1930s. A section about Quetta commences page 151.


  1. "Earthquake Risk Profile Risk Reduction & Technical Capacity in the EAS Member Countries" by Sudhir K Jain. nidm.gov.in. Scroll down
  2. QGE. Quetta Bond/Rat Trap Bond: brick buildings-Help please Great War Forum 12 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016