New Delhi, Jan 6: You must have heard about earthquakes in Nepal (May 2015), Manipur (Jan 2016), Sikkim (2011). Now, a bigger, massive earthquake is expected to hit North India and other parts of Himalayan region.
According to National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), a massive earthquake may rattled Himalayan Region.
Media reports quoted MHA sources as saying that earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.0 or more on the Richter scale are likely to hit the Himalayan region.
They also have issued warning saying that greater risk around the "ring of fire garlanding the entire north India especially the mountains" has been assessed.
According to Santosh Kumar, the director of NIDM, the interconnected plates across Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and India could trigger a massive quake. The catastrophic quake may rattle the lives of people living in hill states and parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
Meanwhile, an expert was quoted as saying, "the current conditions might trigger at least four earthquakes greater than 8.0 in magnitude. And if they delay, the strain accumulated during the centuries provokes more catastrophic mega earthquakes."
Tectonic plates underneath the Himalayan region had developed cracks during previous tremors in Nepal (7.3 magnitude on Richter Scale), Manipur (6.7 magnitude on Richter Scale), Sikkim (6.9 magnitude on Richter Scale).