Fear of major earthquake in the Himalayan region

Fear of major earthquake in the Himalayan region

Himalayan region (Photo: Himalayan Times)

Various regions of Central and South Asia are shaking in earthquakes one after another. Last Tuesday night, a strong earthquake shook the northern mountainous region of the war-torn country of Afghanistan. Some people died in this earthquake in Afghanistan.

India-Pakistan was also affected. Geologists claim that the occurrence of consecutive earthquakes is quite alarming. They also fear that a major earthquake may occur in the Himalayan mountain region at any time.

According to analysts, the earthquake-prone countries of Central and South Asia include India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Among these countries are India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and vast areas of China located at the lap of the Himalayas.

In spite of all this, multi-storied hotels are being built in the lap of the Himalayas, hydroelectric projects are also being built. Which has a deep impact on the surface. Besides, the Himalayan mountain region is already prone to earthquakes.

The researcher of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology has expressed fear that a big earthquake can happen at any time. Ajay Pal He said, the Himalayan region falls under seismic zone-5 (highly sensitive zone). As a result, earthquakes can occur in the region at any time.

Although it is not possible to predict when an earthquake will occur, Dr. Ajay Paul He said that when energy is released from tectonic plates, earthquakes can occur. Although it is not possible to predict earthquakes, it is possible to protect at least some of the damage caused by earthquakes.

He believes that civil engineers have an important role in this regard. He is talking about building houses and hotels by planning to be able to deal with earthquakes. Apart from that, the extra houses or big hotels in the lap of the Himalayas and the pollution caused by them can also affect the earth’s surface and that can also cause earthquakes, geologists have expressed fear.

Source: ODHIKAR by www.odhikar.news.

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