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Sikkim tectonic shift is new, could prompt risk rethink

20 September 2011

NEW DELHI: In magnitude and scale of destruction, Sunday evening’s earthquake in Sikkim might not be a landmark event but it has caught the attention of scientists for a unique characteristic that is likely to alter the understanding of tectonic activities in the Himalayan region and force authorities to re-assess India’s hazard zones in the north and east.

…..“This is an interesting and new observation. The data indicates that the Indian landmass might not just be moving northwards but also towards the west. It is a kind of rotational movement in an anti-clockwise direction which can have fresh bearing on our understanding of geological activities in that area,” S S Rai, a senior scientist at the National Geophysical Research Institute, told The Indian Express….

Read complete news: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sikkim-tectonic-shift-is-new-could-prompt-risk-rethink/848996/

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Written by csirindia

September 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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