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'Massive 8-magnitude earthquakes could hit North, Northeast India'


Experts said in the wake of Monday's shake that hit Manipur that greater tremors are required to shock the district later on. A progression of late seismic tremors — Manipur 6.7 magnitude – Jan 2016, Nepal 7.3 – May 2015 and Sikkim 6.9 – 2011 — have re-ruptured the tectonic plates underneath the Himalayan region. These plates had developed cracks during previous tremors, the report said. These consolidated with different conditions might trigger tremors of least 8.0 greatness, specialists said.

According to the report, the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) of the MHA has cautioned that they have surveyed more serious danger around the “ring of fire garlanding the whole north India particularly the mountains".

According to NIDM director Santosh Kumar, the interconnected plates across Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and India could trigger a gigantic shudder that would be appalling for the people living in slope states and parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. The greater part of these territories fall either in seismic Zone IV or V.

Roger Bilham, a well known seismologist at the University of Colorado, has also said that “the present conditions may trigger at least four quakes more noteworthy than 8.0 in magnitude.

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