EDEN IAS

NEWS IMPULSE |ASSAM EARTHQUAKE| 29 APRIL

Syllabus Section: Geography

Why in News?

Recently, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale jolted Assam and other parts of Northeast.

About:

  • The Northeast is located in the highest seismological zone. Continuous tectonic stress keeps building up particularly along the fault lines. Today’s earthquake was an instance of accumulated stress release 
  • The primary earthquake had its epicentre at latitude 26.690 N and longitude 92.360 E, about 80 km northeast of Guwahati, and a focal depth of 17 km,
  • The events are located near to Kopili Fault closer to Himalayan Frontal Thrust (HFT).
  • Kopili Fault:
  • The Kopili Fault is a 300-km northwest-southeast trending fault from the Bhutan Himalaya to the Burmese arc
  • Himalayan Frontal Thrust (HFT):
  • HFT, also known as the Main Frontal Thrust (MFT), is a geological fault along the boundary of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Source: Indian Express

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