Lucknow: The risk of earthquakes is increasing in the country in 2021. Especially when there are reports that the Indian tectonic plate is moving towards the Himalayan tectonic plate. Due to this, we may feel more tremors in summer for which we need to be vigilant. In view of the severity of the earthquake, the National Seismological Network is going to set up 35 field stations in 2021-22 which will report the activities under the earth. With this, there will be a total of 150 earthquake stations in the country.
From January 1 to December 31, India's soil rocked 965 times
Last year, from January 1 to December 31, the land of India has been shaken 965 times. Which is a shocking thing and Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science, Technology and Earth Sciences, has admitted this in the Parliament himself. The latest tremor has been felt in Morigaon, Assam at 1.32 am on March 2. Which is reported to be 2.9 intensity on the Richter scale. Apart from this, earthquake tremors were felt in Nicobar island on Monday night itself. The tremors were felt at 11.15 pm. The National Center for Seismology has measured 4.2 on the Richter scale.
Delhi among the most unsafe cities
But looking at the trend of earthquakes, it seems that Delhi is one of the most vulnerable cities. Out of 965 shakes last year, 13 came in Delhi NCR only. And all three were above the intensity. Scientists say that a major earthquake in 2021 could shake the skyscrapers of Delhi.
Scientists believe that earthquake tremors are more common in summer. Rapid climate change also plays an important role in this. According to scientists, at times when the gas or pressure released between the two tectonic plates is released, we feel tremors.
The country is divided into four earthquake zones
The country is divided into four earthquake zones. Zone-5 means the places with the highest seismic activity. These include Kashmir Valley, western part of Himachal Pradesh, eastern part of Uttarakhand, Kutch of Gujarat, northern Bihar, all north-eastern states and Andaman-Nicobar.
Zone-4 includes Ladakh, some parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, parts of Haryana and Punjab, Delhi, Sikkim, northern part of UP, parts of Bihar and West Bengal, western part of Gujarat and Maharashtra and Rajasthan. The border area of has been seen.
Zone-3 consists of Kerala, Lakshadweep, lowlands of Uttar Pradesh, parts of Gujarat-Punjab, parts of West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, North Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Zone 2 is the zone with the least seismic activity. It includes some small parts of many states.