Earthquake hits Nagaur in Rajasthan, magnitude of 3.0

Tremors were felt in Nagaur at 10.51 am after an earthquake measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale hit the area on May, 03. 

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the earthquake struck at a depth of 10 km at a location close to the Nagaur city that lies on the edge of the Thar Desert.

IMD states that the earthquake had an epicenter at Latitude 27.3 North and Longitude 74.9 East. Little to no damage has been reported in the region. 

At 4.32 am before dawn an earthquake struck Mandi said IMD. The epicenter of the quake was 10 km deep at Latitude 31.3 North and Longitude 77.0 East.

On 24 April, a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hit Arunachal Pradesh struck at 1:45 am. The epicenter of the earthquake was nearly about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Along and 180 kilometers southwest of the state capital Itanagar. Arunachal Pradesh holds home to more than 1.2 million people, according to the state government’s website.

Why Do Earthquakes Happen?

Earthquakes are usually caused when tectonic plates underground suddenly breaks along a fault. Tectonic plates are basically classified into 7 major plates; Pacific plate, North America plate, Eurosian plate, Africa plate, Antarctic plate, Indo-Australia plate, South American plates. This sudden release of energy causes the seismic waves that make the ground shake. When earthquake occurs under water tsunami happens. When two blocks of plates are rubbing against each other, they stick a little. They don't just slide smoothly; the plates catch on each other. The plates are still pushing against each other, but aren't moving. After a while, the plates break because of all the pressure that's built up. When the plates break, the earthquake occurs. During the earthquake and afterward, the blocks of rock or plates start moving, and they continue to move until they get stuck again. The spot underground where the plates breaks is called the focus of the earthquake. The place right above the focus (on top of the ground) is called the epicenter of the earthquake.

Measures against earthquakes

• Seek shelter under stable tables or under door frames.

• If outside, stay away from buildings, bridges and electricity pylons and move to open areas.

• Avoid areas at risk from secondary processes, such as landslides, rock fall and soil liquefaction.

• After an earthquake, check gas, water and electricity pipes and lines for damage.

• Listen to the radio and follow the instructions issued by the authorities.


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