Experts visit Kishtwar for reasons behind frequent earthquakes

Last Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 20:44

Jammu: An expert team of scientists has visited Kishtwar district here to find out the reasons behind repeated earthquakes in the region.

The group, headed by Vice-Chancellor of Kashmir University Professor Talat Ahmed, visited Kishtwar yesterday for a detailed on-spot assessment of the rock types and other mega structures in the district to find out the exact reasons behind these earthquakes, a spokesman said here on Sunday.

The group includes Dr Imtiyaz Pervez from CSIR-CMMCS Banglore; Professor Shakeel Rimsho, HOD Earth Sciences, Kashmir University; Dr Sunil Kumar from SMVDU and Dr Rakesh Chandra from Kashmir University, he said.

Chairing an interactive session with district administration, Talat said that the data suggest that seismic activities in Kishtwar have origin up to 15 to 20 KM deep from the earth surface and hence the presumption that these earthquakes are due to hydro power projects seems impossible as water cannot percolate up to that depth.

He said that during the two-day visit, the team will study rock types and also fix the locations for installing instruments to monitor seismic activities.

GPS studies will also be done to measure even small relative movement of earth plates from the space, he said.

Other experts said that all the Himalaya being in a seismic active zone, caution has to be taken for minimizing the loss of life and property and so coordination between scientists, administration and people of the region is must.

District Development Commissioner of Kishtwar Baseer Ahmed Khan asked the experts to share their findings with the administration so that preventive measures are taken effectively.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 20:44

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