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Major earthquake predicted in India's Asom
A sudden drop in atmospheric temperature and smaller earthquakes have convinced seismologists of the need to alert the Asom government of a major earthquake likely to strike in the near future.
The Asom government, after receiving the urgent alert notice from world famous seismologist Dr Arun Bapat, are not taking chances and have formally asked all district magistrates to be on alert for any eventuality, UNI reported here today.
The government has also approached the Geological Survey of India (GSI), said senior officials of the revenue department.
The chain of events started with a communique from Dr Bapat, an expert on the matter. He informed that there a sudden change in atmospheric temperature had been detected in an area in North Lakhimpur district.
The communique was received by the Asom government from Dr Bapat a fortnight ago and said in the area the temperature was below the normal temperature by 3-4 degrees and the occurrence was sudden.
The Lakhimpur area itself is in a highly active seismic zone and Dr Bapat cited that a similar abrupt fall in atmospheric temperature was noticed in Pakistan's Rawalpindi last year before a major earthquake rocked the city and its suburbs. The information was enough to press the panic button of the state.
All district magistrates have been alerted for a possible earthquake of a strong intensity.