Earthquake Of Higher Magnitude Could Hit Delhi, Warn Geologists

Earthquake Of Higher Magnitude Could Hit Delhi, Warn Geologists

In a time of one and a half month, Delhi-NCR experienced ten low to moderate intensity tremors. Country’s top geologists warn for a powerful earthquake hitting Delhi, soon.

Dr Kalachand Sain said that they cannot know the exact place, time or scale. He added that they believe that there is a constant seismic activity going around in the NCR region. This activity can trigger a major earthquake in Delhi, he further said. Dr Kalachand, the Chief of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, a premier autonomous institute, run under Union Ministry of Science and Technology.

Moreover, Delhi falls under high-risk seismic zones. Its border towns are observer to mushrooming growth of high rise private buildings, plenty of them which do not adhere to mandatory guidelines of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) set for earthquake-resistant construction.

Professor Chandon Ghose of IIT Jammu says that intense tremors can have a serious impact on Delhi. Chandon is an expert on earthquake engineering. He further said that twin terrors attacked Delhi on Friday, were 4.5 magnitudes. He added that if this magnitude was a bit higher, Delhi would have suffered. At Richter scale 6.0, the effect of the earthquake in Delhi would be devastating, he said. Many buildings would be razed to dust.

From April 12 To May 29 This Year, Ten Earthquake Recorded In Delhi-NCR

As per the National Centre for Seismology, from April 12 to May 29 this year, ten earthquakes were recorded in Delhi-NCR. Moreover, four tremors in Uttarakhand and six in Himachal Pradesh, also recorded.
Dr A K Shukla, former Head of Earthquake Risk Evaluation Centre, Indian Metrology Department said that the earthquakes recorded had low magnitudes. He further said that continuous earthquakes raise the possibility of a major earthquake hitting Delhi in the coming days. One of the reasons for increasing numbers of tremors hitting Delhi is that the local fault system here is quite active, he added. “Such fault systems around Delhi are capable of producing an earthquake of magnitude around 6 to 6.5,” said Dr A K Shukla.

Delhi is also close to the Himalayas where several earthquakes of more than magnitude 8 have occurred. Moreover, the study reveals that there is a possibility of major tremors in the Himalayan region which can severely affect Delhi-NCR.


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