Massive earthquakes could hit North, Northeast India, warns MHA experts

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 07 January 2016, 12:18 PM

Disaster management experts at the Ministry of Home Affairs have warned that massive catastrophic earthquakes could soon hit North and Northeast India.

The MHA experts say earthquakes measuring 8.0 or more on the Richter scale are likely to hit the Himalayan region, a leading Indian daily reported on Wednesday.

Back-to-back earthquakes that occurred recently in Manipur, Nepal and Sikkim have re-ruptured the tectonic plates underneath the Himalayan region. As a result, the plates have created cracks during the tremors, the report said. This may result in earthquakes on minimum 8.0 magnitude, experts said.

And a quake of that magnitude will be catastrophic for the Himalayan region.

Roger Bilham, a well-known seismologist at the University of Colorado, has said that "the current conditions might trigger at least four earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude. And if they delay, the strain accumulated during the centuries provokes more catastrophic mega earthquakes."

First Published: Thursday, January 07, 2016 12:14 PM
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