Warning! gets louder as new study backs predictions of 8.5 magnitude earthquake in Himalayas “anytime in the future”

A new study has warned that an earthquake of magnitude 8.5 or higher is due to hit the central Himalayas. Such an earthquake could kill or injure tens of thousands of people apart from causing never seen before destruction in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The researchers followed the local geology and structural map published by the Geological Survey of India, besides using Google Earth and imagery from Indian space agency ISRO’s Cartosat-1 satellite.
Growing warnings by scientists of an impending high-magnitude earthquake in the Himalayas have got further credence from yet another study by Indian researchers. The new study, led by seismologist CP Rajendran of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced 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 the future”.
The analysis has made the researchers certain that “a great earthquake of magnitude 8.5 or more occurred between 1315 and 1440” in the central Himalayas.
So devastating was the earthquake that a 600-km parcel of land opened up — that length, by the way, is more than the distance between Delhi and Lucknow.
Now, while the central Himalayas experiences frequent low-intensity earthquakes, there has not been any major temblor in the past few centuries.
This, the researchers said, indicates that there is an enormous build-up of strain in the region. “An earthquake of magnitude 8.5 or more is overdue in this part of the Himalayas, given the long-elapsed time,” the lead researcher, CP Rajendran, told IANS.

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