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Waiting For The Gargantuan

“The most dangerous place in the world today, I think you could argue, is the Indian subcontinent,” former US president Bill Clinton is said to have remarked, speaking from a geopolitical perspective. That is an argument many would want to take up. But seismologists, alarmed by their assessments, and by the recent Richter 6.8 earthquake in Sikkim, say there could have been no arguing had Clinton been speaking from a geotectonic perspective. The Sikkim temblor, they say, is merely a nudge from the earth. A monster quake could be waiting to happen. When? Where exactly? There’s no predicting in seismology.

………..Vineet Gahalaut, a seismologist at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, says, “The reason we expect a great earthquake somewhere in the central seismic region, lying between Dehradun and Kathmandu, is because in so many years, no major earthquake has occurred here. No great earthquake has relieved the tension that has built up.”………..

Read more: http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?278441

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Written by csirindia

September 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Posted in NGRI

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