About Quakes: Indian peninsula no more safe, says expert

Ulhas Joglekar ulhasj at SPAMbom4.vsnl.net.in
Mon Jan 29 18:01:42 MST 2001


Monday
29 January 2001

ABOUT QUAKES
Indian peninsula no more safe, says expert
BANGALORE: The Indian peninsular region, considered seismically safe until
recently, is no longer so after the Latur and Bhuj earthquakes in a span of
just over seven years, a leading seismologist has said.
"After the Latur (September 1993) and Bhuj (January 26, 2001) earthquakes,
it is very clear to seismologists that the Indian peninsular region,
considered seismically safe until recently, is no longer so," former
director of the National Geological Research Institute Prof. V K Gaur said.
The Deccan plate now requires a second look on its safety. The inadequate
seismic data on one of the most active regions has made precise earthquake
predictions very hard, he said delivering a lecture here Saturday.
Seismologists now believe that frequent earthquakes in the Himalayan Garhwal
belt and the Indo-Gangetic plains could have a telling effect on the Deccan
plate, the oldest Indian land formation, and the Indian plate, he said.
The Latur and Bhuj earthquakes in a span of just over seven years (a very
little time span in geological terms) indicated that the Indian plate was
strained with the constant pushing against the Euro-Asian or Himalayan
plate, Gaur said.
The system works like a spring being constantly compressed and the developed
strain could be released even along the spring's body (the Indian plate) and
not necessarily at the ends (edges of the plates). (PTI)
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