Three Earthquakes hit Himachal Pradesh with epicentre near Rampur Bushehar

Shimla (Aug 27, 2016): Three medium intensity earthquakes with epicenter near Rampur Bushehar in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh jolted the Himalayan state on Saturday morning.

As per reports from the National Centre of Seismology, the first quake measuring 4.6 on Richter scale occurred at 6.44am at a depth of 10 kilometres.

The second quake measured 4.3 at Richter scale occurred at 7.05am at the same depth.

A third quake was felt at 9.05 am at the same spot which measured 4.2 at the Richter scale.

The epicenter of the quakes was 7 km away from Rampur Bushehar in Kullu district across the Satluj valley.

Panic gripped the area and people came out of their homes. People in Rampur said 15 to 20 tremors were felt in quick succession.

The Tribune reported that while the social media sites were abuzz with rumours that buildings had collapsed in Rampur and several other buildings had developed cracks but Rampur SDM Nishant Thakur said no loss of life or property was reported but educational institutes were closed as a precautionary measure.

Tents had been pitched in open places, he said, adding that the earthquake enhanced the risk of landslides due to heavy rain.   Fearing more tremors, people were unwilling to enter their houses and were waiting in the open. The attendance in offices was also thin.Tremors were also felt in Shimla, Solan, Chopal and parts of Sirmaur district.

People staying in open after earthquake
People forced to stay in open after earthquake.
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2 Responses to "Three Earthquakes hit Himachal Pradesh with epicentre near Rampur Bushehar"

  1. kushal kumar   August 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    The news of three jolts of earthquake in Himachal Pradesh having Kullu as epicenter in early morning of 27 August 2016 has obviously given rise to concern in the State. Since the intensity of the quake was medium , it seems it has reportedly not caused damage to life except damaging or causing cracks to some buildings . In this connection , readers may like to know this Vedic astrology writer’s alert for taking more care and precautions as far as within human reach, in article “ 2016 – a woeful year for India with slight cheer at the end” published as early as on 18 January 2016 in online magazine thesop.org. Briefly speaking , the alert was that in Summer to August 2016 , Himalayan belt in north of India including H.P. could be jolted by earthquake. Later , on 28 June and after in year 2016 ,on more than one occasion , it was stressed that there is a need to be more careful from quake jolts in HP also during 9 August to 20 September 2016. It seems the alert has been accurate and people of HP showed remarkable alertness in coming out to the open ground promptly.

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  2. L.N.Aggarwal, Ex-Director,G.S.I   September 8, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Recent Seismic activity in Rampur-Kulu area can be attributed to the presence of large number of fractures,faults, lineaments and other tectonic features.The Kaurik-Chango fault in the past has been considered to be associated with major earthquakes of magnitude>6.8 which rocked the Kinnaur and Lahul Spiti in the year 1975. It is a matter of monitoring whether the same fault is becoming active. If the area becomes active tectonically and seismically there may be several shocks intermittently i.e at short intervals.Signs of Neo-tectonics in the area need to be studied.

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