Monday, October 17, 2016

Pithoragarh jolted by another mild earthquake

DEHRADUN : Several places in Pithoragarh district on Indo-Nepal border were on Monday hit by another slight intensity earthquake of 4 magnitude on Richter scale, three days after a 3.7 magnitude tremor struck the region.

Significantly, the earthquake that lasted few seconds hit the border district at 6:00am with its epicentre at latitude 29.6 degree North and longitude 80.3 degree East with a focal depth of 10km.
Giving further details about the tremor, Bikram Singh, director of meteorological centre, told TOI, "The quake was of slight intensity and epicentre was on Indo-Nepal border. The tremor might have felt in areas close to epicentre only."
Reportedly, people living in villages in Bangapani tehsil of Pithoragarh district ran out of their homes in the morning after experiencing mild tremors. However, no loss of life and property has been reported from the quake-hit district, which lies in high risk seismic zone of the country. This was the fifth mild quake hitting the Pithoragarh district since April this year.

According to Piyoosh Rautela, executive director of Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre (DMMC), "We have checked with the district emergency operation centre in Pithoragarh and there was no information of any damage from the areas which felt the tremors. Generally, slight intensity tremors keep jolting the places which are vulnerable to high seismic activities."
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