(ORDO NEWS) — In the southeastern part of Nepal, scientists have discovered a dangerous rift . It can cause a massive earthquake in this densely populated area.
This discovery was made by Canadian researchers from the University of Albert during exploration work to find oil in the area. Moreover, they found that the front tectonic zone of the Himalayan ridge is 40 kilometers south of what was previously thought.
This suggests that the deformation of the Himalayas is wider, which, in turn, was also previously unknown.
Scientists have found a dangerous fault using seismic profiles, which were collected during prospecting to find oil. Such a dangerous fault, according to the researchers, indicates the presence of a significant risk of an earthquake.
We found that much of this area has an almost horizontal rift beneath it, which can slip through and cause a terrible earthquake, “says one of the study’s authors, John Waldron.
It is worth noting that the Himalayas appeared as a result of the collision of the Eurasian plate and the Indian plate just in the area of modern Nepal. This region is seismically unstable.
Today, the Indian plate is moving to the Northeast at a speed of 5 cm per year. Over the past 20 years, the area has experienced two major earthquakes in 2004 and 2006, which killed more than 360,000 people.
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