Over the past few decades, buildings have mushroomed all over the hills of Sikkim and Darjeeling without any consideration to building norms. Or the fact that these areas fall under seismic zone V. Should an earthquake measuring 6 or more on the Richter Scale hit us, the consequences could be devastating. One in these areas was long overdue, seismologists have been warning us for a long time. The question is not when it will come, since earthquakes are relatively unpredictable and inevitable – but when it comes, are we really prepared to handle the catastrophe? Earthquakes may or may not kill; but poorly constructed concrete structures surely will. In many ways, we have made matters worse for ourselves.
Indian seismologists have in the past suggested close monitoring of the movement of tectonic plates and of the faults considering that the Indian Plate boundary has seismically become very active. The Indian Plate is one of 14 major plates that are locked onto the surface
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