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Indian Scientist Predicts Major Earthquake Will Hit Himalayas Soon

© AP Photo / Rajesh Kumar SinghBirds rest on wires after snowfall in Joshimath, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023.
Birds rest on wires after snowfall in Joshimath, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. - Sputnik India, 1920, 22.02.2023
In the past two months, several parts of in India's state of Uttarakhand have witnessed land subsidence which has caused deep cracks to appear on the roads and in local buildings.
After a series of disastrous earthquakes wreaked havoc in Turkiye and Syria, a leading Indian scientist is now warning that there is a possibility that a "major" earthquake will strike India's Himalayan region anytime soon.
Dr N Purnachandra Rao, a seismologist and chief scientist at the Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), told Indian media that the lurking danger in the hilly states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh has increased because of the rise in the movement of tectonic plates, estimated at about 5 centimeters every year.
As a result of that, a lot of stress has been recorded beneath the surface along the Himalayan region.
The scientist explained that the variometric GPS meter which was installed in the region to measure variations in Earth’s magnetic field, has shown movements and recorded changes taking place the surface.

"We have a strong network of 18 seismograph stations in Uttarakhand. The region - referred to as the seismic gap between Himachal and the western part of Nepal, including Uttarakhand - is prone to earthquakes that might occur any time," Dr Rao explains.

However, he was quick to add that the precise timing and location of the earthquake was impossible to predict.
A general view shows the town of Joshimath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state on January 11, 2023, after authorities in one of the holiest towns in the Indian Himalayas were evacuating panicked residents on January 8 after hundreds of houses began developing yawning cracks and sinking, officials said. - Sputnik India, 1920, 13.01.2023
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