Yet another earthquake has shaken Manipur and this time too it was early in the morning.
Yet another earthquake has shaken Manipur and this time too it was early in the morning. While no damage to life or property has been registered, yet this temblor was strong enough to create panic in the public making them rush out of their homes into open ground and stay there for a long time fearing aftershocks or even a bigger earthquake – they were unwilling to take any chances as recent quakes in Nepal and even as far as Italy have wreaked havoc with a huge human toll as well as immense loss of property. The earthquake today 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.
Elsewhere in India, on Monday last a quake of magnitude 4.8 on Richter scale had hit Jammu and Kashmir in the northwest region. The Indian Meteorological Department had then said that the quake struck at 08:14 am with the epicentre being Latitude 35.7 N and Longitude 74.0 E, with a depth of 50 km. Experts have expressed a fear that a major earthquake, which could go as high as 8 magnitude or even greater could strike the region in the near future – they point to the latest geologic mapping in the mountains surrounding Himalayas as proof. The focus area is the Riasi fault, but till now it was not thought to be much of a threat as their attention was rivetted on other more active fault systems.
Another earthquake measuring 3.6 hit hat hit Uttarakhand in Rudraprayag district on February 8 – this one came in the afternoon and was the second quake that hit North India within 24 hours. The one before this was measured 5.6 on the Richter scale 35 km from Pipalkoti district. The quake had a depth of 33 km and tremors had shaken Delhi NCR too. Other places affected were Mussoorie, Ghaziabad, Delhi, Saharanpur, Pithoragarh, Rishikesh, Shamli and Chandigarh.