Also like IndiaTV's official Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to stay tuned to latest news. Scotching the rumours, the IMD said the Indian government had received no such intimation from the US."No country can predict earthquakes. The government has also clarified that "there is no substance in such messages", adding "it is not possible to forewarn unless the earthquake has actually struck".
The earthquake that devastated the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal and jolted northern India, damaging buildings as far apart as Agra and Siliguri, was expected by geologists, who have warned of more Himalayan earthquakes, caused by the growing pressures of the subcontinent grinding into the Asian mainland. The only serious earthquake that modern India remembers is the temblor that killed about 20,000 in Gujarat in 2001. No Indian metropolis has witnessed a serious earthquake, although Delhi lies in high-risk seismic zone 4.
Although its epicentre was 10 km south of Mount Everest, the Bihar earthquake of 1934 was felt from Mumbai to Lhasa, flattening almost all major buildings in many Bihar districts and damaging many in Calcutta. The 1950 Assam earthquake, may have geologically set the stage for a really big one in the Himalayas, according to geologists.


These are not enforced, so almost no one knows such earthquake-resistant standards and guidelines for home-owners, exist.
Many of the houses built in Bhuj after the Gujarat quake of 2001 are now earthquake-resistant. Sometime in the geological past, before humans, India broke off from an ancient supercontinent called Gondwana, a name still used for what is now Chhattisgarh. The 2004 tsunami, which resulted from the third-most most severe quake ever recorded, 9.3 on the Richter scale, occurred when the Indian plate slid with greater violence than it normally does under the neighbouring Burma plate, upon which rest the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Such messages are only seeking to create panic among people," a seismologist at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) told IANS.
These include Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Sikkim, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Assam and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.The government decided to carve out a separate seismological organisation from the India meteorological department and took the project away from IIT-R. About 60% of India is vulnerable to earthquakes caused by the great, northward grind of the Indian subcontinental landmass. The earthquake also shook several cities across northern India, and was felt as far away as Lahore in Pakistan, Lhasa in Tibet, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh.3.


The nine-story Dharahara Tower, which was built in 1832 on the orders of the queen, was reduced to just its base after a powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on Richter scale struck Nepal on Saturday flattening the minaret and trapping hundreds of visitors under its debris. Unlike the earthquakes where two plates sliding past each other horizontally, the earthquake in Nepal was caused by a thrust fault, in which two plates collide. Nearly 550 Indians have been evacuated by the IAF from Nepal even as India stepped up its relief and rescue mission with 10 flights and 12 helicopters scheduled to carry specialists and equipment to Kathmandu today.12. Government of India has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of the victims who have lost their lives in earthquake. Air India has resumed flight operations to Kathmandu with two services - one each from Delhi and Kolkata early morning.14.




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