Shimla, May 21: An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 struck Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh at 4:21 pm on Monday, reported a news agency ANI. No casualties have been reported so far.
Earlier on May 9, tremors were felt in parts of Himachal Pradesh, after an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit Tajikistan near the Afghanistan border. The tremors were felt in Delhi-NCR and Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Residents of Kullu and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh also experienced the tremors.
On April 9, Uttarakhand’s Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre (DMMC) warned that major earthquake might strike Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Nepal any time soon as the hills of Uttarakhand were hit frequently by mild tremors. Earthquakes measuring more than eight on the Richter Scale may occur because “the central seismic gap of the Himalayan front, spanning Himachal Pradesh, Nepal and Uttarakhand, has not been ruptured in any major earthquake in the last 200-500 years”.
According to Piyush Rautela, Executive Director of DMMC, frequent mild earthquakes in the hills of Uttarakhand were a clear indication of a major quake. “Frequent mild earthquakes in the hills of Uttarakhand should not be dismissed as common occurrences but treated as pointers to a major earthquake which is long overdue in the central seismic gap of the Himalayan front spanning Himachal Pradesh, Nepal and Uttarakhand,” Rautela told news agency PTI.