New Delhi: Experts at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad have urged the Centre and Delhi governments to ensure preventive measures as a major earthquake might rock the national capital and its adjoining areas in forthcoming days. Speaking to a leading daily, PK Khan, professor at applied geophysics department of IIT (ISM), Dhanbad opined that recurrent tremors of small magnitudes indicate a bigger earthquake. He asserted that time has come for the Union and Delhi governments to take all required measures for its prevention and create awareness. Also Read - Earthquake of Magnitude 4.6 Hits Mizoram, 7th One in Last 15 Days, No Damage Reported
Besides, some of the top geologists of the country have said that total 11 earthquakes of low to moderate intensity hit Delhi-NCR in the span of 3 months, which indicates that a powerful earthquake could strike India’s National Capital in near future. Delhi is also in close proximity to the Himalayas where several earthquakes of more than magnitude 8 have occurred. Study reveals that there is possibility of a few major tremors in Himalayan region which can severely affect Delhi-NCR. Also Read - Netizens After Another Earthquake Jolts Delhi-Gurugram: 'Apun Toh Aadha Kabar Mein Hai'
Since April 12 to May 29 this year, ten earthquakes have been recorded in Delhi-NCR by National Centre for Seismology. During this period, four tremors in Uttarakhand and six in Himachal Pradesh were also recorded. Also Read - 18 Earthquakes Hit Delhi-NCR Since April; Check Out List of Seismic Zones in India
“We cannot predict time, place or exact scale, but do believe that there is a consistent seismic activity going around in the NCR region and can trigger in a major earthquake in Delhi,” said Dr Kalachand Sain, Chief of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, a premiere autonomous institute, run under Union Ministry of Science and Technology.
Dr AK Shukla, former Head of Earthquake Risk Evaluation Centre, Indian Metrology Department asserted,”Most of these earthquakes were of low magnitude measuring from 2.3 to 4.5. However, a series of such earthquakes ostensibly warn of a major earthquake to hit Delhi in coming days. One of the reasons for increasing numbers of tremors hitting Delhi is that the local fault system here is quite active. Such fault systems around Delhi are capable of producing an earthquake of magnitude around 6 to 6.5.”
According to him, most of the buildings constructed in the Delhi NCR are not earthquake resistant (as per norms) and may be severely damaged in case a high magnitude tremor occurs.