On Tuesday, the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) forecasted that a massive earthquake is “imminent” in the Uttarakhand region of India and could happen at any time. It can lead to loss of property if proper precautionary measures are not taken.
According to NGRI Chief Scientist Dr. N Purnachandra Rao, “Earth’s surface consists of plates… Indian plate is moving 5 cm per year, leading to stress accumulation and increasing the possibility of a greater earthquake,”.
“We have a strong network of 18 seismograph stations in Uttarakhand. The region referred to as the seismic gap between Himachal & western part of Nepal incl Uttarakhand is prone to earthquakes that might occur at any time.” he added
The NGRI expert also talked about the deadly earthquakes in Turkey. “We can’t stop earthquakes but we can prevent loss. There are guidelines issued by the Government of India for the construction of buildings in these earthquake-prone areas, so the public should follow those guidelines,” he advised.
Recently, Turkey and Syria were hit with back-to-back earthquakes which resulted in the death toll crossing 50,000, with many people still believed to be trapped. As a part of Operation Dost, India sent humanitarian aid to Turkey and Syria.