Collision of Indian, Eurasian tectonic plate causing earthquake: Seismologist

, 10:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Vineet Kumar Gahalaut, a seismologist in the National Geographic Research Institute (NGRI), on Sunday said that the reason behind the tremors which were felt across northern India was due to the collision of Indian tectonic plate with the Eurasian tectonic plate.
Terming the earthquake, which occurred in Hidukush Area in Afghanistan, as “friendly tremors”, he asserted that these earthquakes have little effect on the Indian subcontinent while added that Pakistan might suffer little damage due to the same.

“It is because of plate tectonics, the Indian plate is going forward towards north-east region and in the process is colliding with the Eurasian plate, I call them friendly earthquake, they don’t disturb too much especially the Indian subcontinent part,” he said.

He noted that the Hindukush area, having a low population density, is a seismically active zone which has a history of emanating deep earthquakes.

Strong tremors at a magnitude of 6.8 Richter scale were felt in northern parts of the country, including the national capital.

The epicenter of the earthquake is reported to be 248 kilometers north of Peshawar in Pakistan, according to US geological Survey. (ANI)