Possibility of Major Earthquake in Uttarakhand, Say Scientists
New Delhi, Nov 22: The scientists at the National Centre for Seismology have predicted the possibility of a ‘major’ earthquake in Uttarakhand in future. The earthquake, the scientists say, might have a devastating effect. Scientists from the Seismology centre attended a two-day national workshop on disaster resilient infrastructure in the Himalayas in Dehradun and highlighted that the state may witness a major quake in future.
Speaking to news agency ANI, the Director of National Centre of Seismology said, “Statistics indicate there is a possibility of a major earthquake in Uttarakhand in future. Reasons to believe so, no major earthquake has struck the region in past 500-700 years and energy required to build major earthquakes accumulating since 100 of years.”
Statistics indicate there is a possibility of a major earthquake in Uttarakhand in future.Reasons to believe so,no major earthquake has struck region in past 500-700 yrs&energy required to build major earthquakes accumulating since 100 of yrs:Director,Ntnl Centre for Seismology pic.twitter.com/9PnDWJk6AK
— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2017
The last major earthquake in Uttarakhand had occurred at least 600 years ago. The scientists have also asked the government to help in building tremor-resilient infrastructure to prevent damage.
Vinod K Gaur, a professor at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bengaluru, in his address pushed on spreading awareness so that people adopt the techniques of building tremor-resilient infrastructure. He also said that since Uttarakhand was in Central Seismic Gap, there’s a high probability of it suffering a quake.
Another professor from IIT-Roorkee underlines the presence of earthquake early warning system and emphasised on the need for its expansion.