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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Strong earthquake in the Nepal-India border region, tremors in Delhi

A shallow and dangerous earthquake occurred in the mountainous India – East Nepal border area. Preliminary data locate the earthquake in a mountainous area, at least 50 km from the Nepali town of Baitadi. The earthquake is very shallow, which makes it (even at a magnitude of 5.4) extremely dangerous for the villages around the epicenter.

The earthquake seems to be very shallow – data has to be confirmed by at least 1 other seismological agency.

Preliminary EMSC data is depth : 10 km Magnitude : 5.7

Combination is these 2 numbers makes this earthquake extremely dangerous.

An earthquake hit North India on Monday evening. According to the Indian Meteorological Department the quake was of 6.0 magnitude on the richter scale. But there was no immediate report of any loss of life or property

As per the Met department the epicentre was at the Indo-Nepal border region. They said that the earthquake occurred at 5:01 pm and lasted for about 3 seconds.

The tremors were felt in the whole of North India including quake-prone Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi and NCR.

In Uttarakhand the quake was felt in Dehra Dun, Nainital, Almora, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh, Udhamsingh Nagar and Chamoli and other parts of the hill state.

Powerful quakes had hit Uttarkashi in 1991 and Chamoli eight years later in then undivided Uttar Pradesh.

In Bahraich district, people came out of their houses and offices in Nanpara and Rupadiya villages located on the Indo-Nepal border.

Similar reports were received from districts sharing the border with Nepal, including Siddharth Nagar, Balrampur and Maharajganj.

The two units of Narora Atomic Power station in Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh, which is located in the seismic zone and around 450 km from the epicentre of the quake, were safe.

The official's remarks were reassuring as questions were raised about the safety of Indian nuclear power plants from effects of quake and tsunami in the wake of the nuclear disaster in Japan.

South Asia.(The unreported year 2005): An article from: New Internationalist

The design and construction of earthquake resistant low income housing for developing countries with emphasis on the design for Nepal (University of Hawaii)

Report on eastern Nepal earthquake 21 August 1988: Damages and recommendations for repairs and reconstruction

Lifeline Earthquake Engineering in the Central and Eastern U.S.: Proceedings of Three Sessions Sponsored by the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthq (American ... Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering)

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