Seismologists’ team reaches Doda to assess seismic activity

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DODA — A team of eight seismologists, headed by Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir, Talat Ahmed, today arrived here to take on spot assessment of recent seismicity being observed in the erstwhile District Doda.

The team convened a meeting of officers of Engineering Departments, Media persons and prominent citizens in DC Office Doda which was also attended by the District Development Commissioner Mubarak Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police, Arif Rishu, Additional District Development Commissioner, G.N Balwan and Chief Planning Officer, Yoginder Katoch besides other officers.

Addressing the meeting, the Vice Chancellor said that as per the available data of the depth of epicenter of recent earthquakes and aftershocks it seems that the Hydro Electric Power Projects in the region are not responsible for the recent seismic activity as the water reservoir created by these power projects cannot reach to that extent.

Talat said the team will study the nature and type of rocks in the region and demarcate the locations for installing the sophisticated equipments to monitor the seismic activity even small movement of earth plates also. He also said as the entire Himalaya being an active seismic zone, there is need to take precautionary measures to minimize the loss of life and property in such eventualities. He said school and college students must be made aware through workshops about the precautionary measures to be taken in advance and during such calamities.

The  Seismology experts also spoke on the occasion .

The DDC, while speaking on the occasion, thanked Seismologists team for their visit in the region and said that the cautious steps and precautionary measures shared by the experts will be implemented effectively in the District to deal with such natural calamities.    

The team was comprised of Prof. Shakil A. Romshoo HoD Department of earth Sciences University of Kashmir, Dr. Imtiyaz Parvez Senior Scientist C-MMACS Banglore Karnataka, Dr. Supriyo Mitra Scientist ISSER Kolkata, Dr. Rakesh Chander Senior Faculty Department of Earth Sciences University of Kashmir, Dr. Sunil Wanchoo Department of Physics Mata Vaishnoo Devi University Katra, Dr. Riyaz A. Dar Faculty Department of Earth Sciences University of Kashmir and Mr. Yogendra Sharma Technical officer Mata Vaishnoo Devi University Katra. 

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