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Quakes in Himachal: Alert after series of quakes shake Kullu and Rampur regions

The frequency of earthquakes (up to 5 magnitudes on the Richter scale) has increased in Himachal in last few years. The scientists fear it could lead to bigger quakes in future.

SHIMLA- On Saturday morning, Himachal wake up with tremors of about nine low-intensity earthquake quakes that hit it within a period of 5-10 minutes. The epicenter for all three quakes was recorded in the Kullu region.

The maximum impact of the quake was seen in Ani and Nirmand areas of Kullu district, besides Rampur in Shimla district. According to people in Rampur, they heard loud sounds of explosions beneath earth before the quakes hit.

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According to initial report  of local meteorological office, the first quake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale was recorded at 6.44 a.m. and the second and the third of 4.3 and 4.2 magnitude temblor at 7.05 a.m. and 9.08 a.m.

According to Hindi dailies, Kullu region is hit by at least nine low-intensity quakes at 6:25, 6:45, 6:50, 6:53, 7:05, 7:25, 7:42, 8:17, 9:07 PM on Saturday morning. The people came out of their homes in panic and stayed on roads or in open areas as precaution.

However, there were no reports of casualties or damage to property.

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Rampur subdivision recorded around 15 small tremors, said subdivisional magistrate Nishant Thakur. All educational institutes including colleges and schools were closed as a precaution and task force has also been put on alarm.

Scientists have already warned that Himalayan belt is prone to almost inevitable earthquakes long over-due that could hit the region anytime.

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The frequency of earthquakes (up to 5 magnitudes on the Richter scale) has increased in Himachal in last few years. The scientists fear it could lead to bigger quakes in future.

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In the past 90 years, 250 quakes of magnitude 4 and more than 60 with a reading of 5 on the Richter scale have rocked HP and adjoining states of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Uttarakhand.

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Many regions in districts Chamba, Kangra, Mandi, Kullu, Hamirpur and Bilaspur are very prone to quakes as they fall in the very high damage risk seismic zone (Zone V), whereas the rest of the areas falls in high damage risk zone (Zone IV).

With input from IANS/TOI

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