National Geographic : 1952 Mar
,Assam Pavement Sags; Water Gushed Up Through the Earth Huge cracks opened infarmers' fields. Entire blocks ofland sank several feet. Strips ofpasture half amile inlength peeled away. Mountains asfarback asthe main Himalayan divide were ripped asunder and scraped clean, loosing floods oflogs and other debris ontherivers. Their streams fouled bysilt, many people suffered forlack of fresh water. Broken communica tions confronted travelers with thethreat ofstarvation. Shattered slabs mark thecourse this road once took across the plains some 200miles from the earthquake's epicenter atthe Assam-Tibet border. Itran through theAssam valley from Gauhati totheLuhit River across from Sadiya. +This Rock Slide Buried Campers Alive India supervises vast Assam through aprovincial governor as sisted bydistrict political officers. One ofthese officers, accompanied bytroops, was enroute toa Tibetan frontier outpost when the earthquake struck. Moments later anavalanche en gulfed theparty's overnight camp north ofWalong. Men found themselves rolling atop therock flood likecorks inatide. Three porters were killed. Eighty-two other men miraculously escaped butlostalltheir food and equip ment (page 409). Here theauthor's bearers, led byAssam riflemen, pass thesite.