What makes earthquakes happen?
Can you feel one?
The panic in the second question has no answer. (The answer to the first, though, is embedded in the question.)
In the one that hit Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet, tremors were also felt in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Delhi.
(Yes, increasingly, our worlds are being cracked open by the earth’s activity, conjoining in ever hopeful grief.)
Even though I’m from Delhi and have traveled to all of the above places except Tripura and Tibet, Sikkim singes as a very particular kind of emotional aftershock. Maybe because some of my growing up years were spent in the mountains, one knows what makes hill folk hardy (drinkers?), energy-conserving-genteel but an idiosyncrasy-tolerant lot and, most of all, perennially hugged by an over-the-shoulder peek at a peak. Anytime of the night you can find it here.
(Like the rivers that were fairly perennial until we perennially started testing this.)
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