Delhi among 30 cities at high risk of earthquake

Delhi is among 30 important cities in the country that fall into high risk zone while Srinagar is among places at very high risk of earthquakes.

New Delhi: Delhi is among thirty important
cities in the country that fall into high risk seismic zone
while Srinagar is among places at very high risk of
earthquakes, the government on Wednesday said.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally
Ramachandran said this in written reply to a question in the
Rajya Sabha.

While Delhi, Amritsar and Chandigarh fall under zone IV
(high risk), Srinagar comes under zone V (very high risk), he
said.
As per seismic map of India prepared by Bureau of Indian
Standards 58.6 per cent areas of the country fall into
earthquake zone V (very high risk), IV (high risk) and III
(moderate risk)," the Minister said.

Towns like Almora, Ambala, Bahraich, Barauni, Bhuj,
Bulandshahar, Darbhanga, Darjeeling, Dehradun, Gangtok,
Guwahati, Gorakhpur, Imphal, Jorhat, Kohima, Ludhiyana, Mandi,
Monghyr, Moradabad, Nainital, Patna, Pilibhit, Roorkee,
Sadiya, Shimla and Tezpur fall under seismic zone IV and V.
"Government has also sent advisories to state governments
and Union Territory Administrations from time to time to take
up various disaster mitigation and preparedness measures by
way of adoption of modern building bye-laws to ensure seismic
resistant construction," the Minister said.

PTI

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