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IIT Dhanbad professor warns of major earthquake in Delhi-NCR in coming days


Nation Next Newsroom | Jun 7, 2020 22:00

Even as India’s fights COVID-19 pandemic, a professor at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad is of the opinion that a major earthquake may rock Delhi-NCR in the coming days.
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Even as India’s fights COVID-19 pandemic, a professor IIT (ISM) Dhanbad is of the opinion that a major earthquake may rock Delhi-NCR in the coming days. PK Khan, professor at the institute’s applied geophysics department said that recurrent tremors of small magnitudes indicate a bigger earthquake.

Khan, who is also the head of seismology department, said that the Union and Delhi governments must take preventive measures and create awareness soon. Khan told TOI: “The entire region experienced 64 tremors with magnitudes ranging between 4.0 and 4.9 and eight with magnitudes 5.0 and above over the last two years, which indicates an increase in the accumulation of strain energy in the region, particularly near Delhi and Kangra.”

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Out of total, 11 tremors were felt in the region in the past two months with the latest being near Noida on June 3. “NCR is just 370 km from Kangra and 260 km from Uttarkashi, which is known for severe earthquakes. A bigger earthquake in this fault line is bound to affect NCR,” Khan added.

“In the present times of increasing urban densification and failure of governments in making builders adhere to earthquake prevention rules, a tremor of higher magnitude can prove to be catastrophic for the NCR.” Khan said that seismicity is also being clustered along the strike of Delhi-Haridwar Ridge (DHR) and the relative plate movement has been recorded at 44mm per year, which should be a matter of concern for all.