The Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand witnessed multiple mild tremors in some areas on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, after an earthquake of 2.5 magnitude hit the state.
At least four jolts of an earthquake were felt between midnight and 4.00 am, according to locals.
According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the earthquake occurred at 12:45 pm and its centre was in the forest of Siror under Tehsil Bhatwadi. There is no report of any damage due to the earthquake from anywhere.
This comes two days after a mild 2.4 magnitude earthquake hit Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district on Thursday around 10.31 am, according to National Center for Seismology (NCS) website.
The tumours were felt days after a leading weather scientist and geological expert warned that the Indian tectonic plate is moving about 5 cm every year, leading to accumulation of stress along the Himalayas and increasing the possibility of major seismic events – earthquakes – in the coming days.
“The Earth’s surface comprises various plates that are constantly in motion. The Indian plate is moving about 5 cm every year, resulting in the accumulation of stress along the Himalayas and raising the possibility of major earthquakes.” Dr N Purnachandra Rao, the chief scientist and seismologist at the Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), told news agency ANI on Tuesday.
“We have a strong network of 18 seismograph stations in Uttarakhand. The region, referred to as the seismic gap between Himachal and the western part of Nepal, including Uttarakhand, is prone to earthquakes that might occur any time,” the chief scientist added.