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Strong earthquake in Delhi-NCR region cannot be ruled out: Expert

The historical earthquake catalogue shows that there were strong earthquakes of 6.5 magnitude at Delhi in 1720; 6.8 at Mathura in 1803; 5.5 near Mathura in 1842

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If a big earthquake takes place in a region, all smaller tremors that occurred in the immediate past at that region are categorised as the foreshocks

Press Trust of India New Delhi
The recent tremors in Delhi-NCR do not point towards a big event though a strong earthquake cannot be ruled, the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology has said.

It said such tremors are not unusual in the Delhi-NCR area, but indicate that strain energy is built up in the region.

All the earthquakes in Delhi-NCR are due to the release of strain energy which has been accumulated as a result of northward movement of the Indian tectonic plate and its collision with the Eurasian plate through the fault or weak zones, the institute said in a statement.

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First Published: Jun 19 2020 | 10:52 PM IST

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