Pithoragarh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand was recently struck by an earthquake. It seems that in the recent past, the number of earthquakes has increased. Delhi, especially, has witnessed frequent tremors in the recent past. But, why is this increase being witnessed? Is the answer for this, too, as with all climate-related maladies, related to climate change? Read on to find out. Here are all the details about this latest earthquake.
Pithoragarh In Uttarakhand Hit By Earthquake
Earthquake of Magnitude:4.0, Occurred on 16-10-2023, 09:11:40 IST, Lat: 29.86 & Long: 80.61, Depth: 5 Km ,Location: 48km NE of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India for more information Download the BhooKamp App https://t.co/N2CgIIptvU@KirenRijiju @Ravi_MoES @ndmaindia @Dr_Mishra1966 pic.twitter.com/z4FeNRBoqh
— National Center for Seismology (@NCS_Earthquake) October 16, 2023
Pithoragarh, a town in Uttarakhand, was struck by an earthquake today. The earthquake measured a total of 4 magnitudes on the Richter scale. According to an article recently published by Hindustan Times, the epicentre of the earthquake was located around 40 kilometres northeast of the town.
The National Centre for Seismology or the NCS wrote in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), that the earthquake occurred at 9:11 in the morning. The depth of the earthquake, as per the post, was five kilometres. Uttarakhand is not the only place to be hit by earthquakes.
Delhi-NCR has also recently witnessed a spike in the frequency of earthquakes in the region. Haryana’s Faridabad, too, was shaken by an earthquake of 3.1 magnitudes. The earthquake took place on October 15 around 4 PM. The epicentre of the earthquake was 9 kilometres east of Faridabad and the quake was 10 kilometres deep.
Why Are Earthquakes So Frequent In North India Lately?
An earthquake of magnitude 4 strikes 48km NE of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand: National Center for Seismology pic.twitter.com/zGxRQDyUu3
— Naresh Sagar (@NareshS82042464) October 16, 2023
Time and again, experts have stated that frequent earthquakes are a call for better pre-emptive measures. According to a study cited in an article by Livemint, the Himalayan region is one of the most seismically active regions in the continent.
The states close to the Himalayan regions come under the purview of Zone 4 and 5 of seismic intensity. Zone 4 is a severe intensity zone and the Indian regions of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, parts of Bihar, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra and West Bengal, and Uttarakhand fall under the region.
𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗸𝗲 :On Monday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 on the Richter scale hit near Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand, as reported by the National Centre for Seismology (NCS). pic.twitter.com/OSOJwT7hvo
— ketrolac (@ketrolac_) October 16, 2023
Zone 5 is a very severe seismic intensity zone. Kashmir Valley and some parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Western regions of Himachal Pradesh, eastern regions of Uttarakhand, Kutch located in Gujarat, Northern parts of Bihar, the Northeastern states in India, and the islands of Andaman and Nicobar, all fall under Zone 5.
Since accurately predicting earthquakes or their intensity is not always possible, experts have recommended preparatory measures. Structures that are resistant to earthquakes should be built. The government should also conduct programmes in these regions preparing people and training them as to what one should do in such situations.
Have you felt any tremors where you live? Let us know in the comments below!
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