Today, Ladakh, India’s northernmost region, experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.4 on the Richter scale at 8:25 am, according to the National Center for Seismology (NCS), as reported by ANI. The NCS confirmed the seismic activity, revealing the epicenter’s coordinates at a latitude of 35.44 and a longitude of 77.36, with a depth of 10 km. The earthquake occurred in Ladakh, known to be in Seismic Zone IV, indicating a high risk of vulnerability to earthquakes due to its location in the tectonically active Himalayan region.
In a separate event, Bangladesh was hit by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale on the same day, as reported by Reuters. The German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) noted that the quake in Bangladesh occurred at a depth of 10 km.
Both Ladakh and Leh are situated in Seismic Zone IV, signifying the heightened risk of earthquakes in these regions. These areas, being part of the Himalayan region, are prone to frequent seismic activity. The identification of earthquake-prone zones is based on scientific evaluations, considering factors such as past seismic activity, tectonic configurations, and historical data.
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) categorizes the country into four seismic zones – Zones V, IV, III, and II, with Zone V facing the highest level of seismicity and Zone II experiencing the lowest.
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