Two low intensity earthquakes jolted Himachal Pradesh on Friday with no reports of any damage or casualties, an official said here. The epicenter of both the quakes was Chamba district, adjoining Jammu and Kashmir. The first temblor measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale was recorded at 3.34 a.m., while the second measuring 4.5 was recorded at 5.32 a.m., the official at the Meteorological office here told IANS.
Earlier in March, the state was hit by an earthquake that shook this hilly state in Chamba region. The quake hit at 02:09 PM on March 29. According to authorities, the temblor struck the area with a force of 3.5 on the Richter scale. The mild quake was enough to scare people out of their homes into open areas. Earlier that day, another earthquake had struck India. That one was in the north-eastern state of Manipur. The quake that hit Ukhrul was measured at 4.1 magnitude on the Richter Scale. The north-east region of the country has been shaken regularly over the last year.
Meanwhile, scientists have warned that in the future the Himalayan region is prone to more earthquakes and also warned that a major earthquake may hit North India and that its magnitude is going to be greater than the 7.9 earthquake that had shaken Nepal two years ago. Meanwhile, a team of international researchers have developed a new software tool to minimise the risk of manmade earthquakes. The new software has the ability to calculate the possibilities triggering these earthquakes.