In the previous weeks, experts have warned the Delhi region regarding a possible massive earthquake after several quakes were registered in the area, which raised concerns over a ‘big one.’ On Wednesday, an earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale hit Delhi and Noida regions, a day after numerous geologists alerted the authorities of major seismic activity in the national capital region (NCR).
The earthquake hit approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Noida in northern India on June 3rd, raising the total number of quakes that struck the area in five days to three. The National Center for Seismology (NCS) has registered the shake at 10:42 p.m. local time.
The seismically active area has been impacted by ten low to moderate tremors in the last month and a half. On May 29th, a medium-scale earthquake shook Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh, with the epicenter being the residential area of Pitampura.
The Government is Yet to Make a Move
Delhi is located above a seismically active risk zone, with some geologists predicting the area could be facing an earthquake with a magnitude of 6 on the Richter scale. Moreover, experts have also warned that most buildings in the region do not meet construction guidelines created by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and are at high risk of collapsing in case of a major quake.
Dr. Kalachand Sain, Chief of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, said: “We cannot predict time, place or exact scale, but do believe that there is a consistent seismic activity going around in the NCR region and can trigger in a major earthquake in Delhi.”
As per Dr. A.K. Shukla, former Head of Earthquake Risk Evaluation Center, the Indian Meteorology Department, low-level earthquakes can sometimes be a sign of a bigger event coming. Delhi’s distance to the Himalayas could also have a say in determining the area’s risk factor, as such events in the Himalayas have been known to top above magnitude 8.
Dr. Shukla said: “Considering the local and Himalayan fault systems, we conducted a Seismic Hazard Microzonation Study of Delhi NCR, a few years ago.”
The expert has also recommended the Indian government to change the existing building code by implementing some changes that would secure people’s life and property in case of a major earthquake.