The scientists have been warning about the high-magnitude impending earthquake in the Himalayas. The study led by seismologist CP Rajendra of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research in Bengaluru, says the “enormous stacking up of strain in the region portends at least one earthquake of magnitude 8.5 or more in one of the overlapping segments of the central Himalayas anytime in future”.
The study in the ‘Geological Journal’, the researchers evaluated the databases along with the data from two newly explored locales- Mohana Khola in far western Nepal and Chorgalia which falls within the Indian border, to determine the timing of the last faulting event on the frontal thrust of the central Himalayas.
The researchers say, “ it compels us to conclude that a great earthquake of magnitude 8.5 or more that occurred between 1315 and 1440 has unzipped a stretch of about 600km (the length of central seismic gap from Bharatpur to beyond Mohana Khola) in the central Himalayas with an average slip ( or displacement) of 15 meters”. The study underlines that the frontal thrust in center Himalayas (covering parts of India and eastern Nepal), implying enormous build-up of strain in the region.
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