Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hilly regions of India more vulnerable to Earthquakes!

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Many devastating earthquakes have found place in the history of India due to the excessive destruction and human loss they left behind. Gujarat earthquake is still fresh in our minds, where thousands of people lost their lives, many became orphans and destitute. Recently a research was conducted to find out how much area of India has the chances of earthquakes in future. Almost 54% of the land in India is vulnerable to the earthquakes and that makes more than half of India. As such it is a matter of great concern.

According to the seismic zoning by Bureau of Indian Standards, India has been divided into four seismic zones viz. Zone II, Zone III, Zone IV and Zone V. The region rated as Zone II is least vulnerable to earthquakes but the regions rated as Zone V are seismically very active region. Zone V regions have very great risk of earthquakes and mostly hilly regions of India fall under Zone V category. Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, Bihar and Andaman & Nicobar Islands have been placed under the Zone V category. It is high time now for the government to look for the safety measures in the regions which are under Zone V seismic zone.

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