A Giant Earthquake Could Shake South Asia

Posted: Jul 12 2016, 10:30am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

A Giant Earthquake Could Shake South Asia
Bangladesh, Myanmar and eastern India (all near top) are bisected by an extension of the tectonic boundary that ruptured under the Indian Ocean in 2004, killing some 230,000 people. Known quakes along the boundary's southern end are shown in different colors; the black sections nearer the top have not ruptured in historic times, but new research suggests they could. Credit: Michael Steckler/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Geologists warn of Impending Quake that will Shake Asia to the Roots

The geologists do not have good news for the people of Asia. They warn that an impending quake will most likely shake the Eastern continent to its very roots in the future.

It’s a pretty frightening scenario to even contemplate let alone endure. A big earthquake is probably building up beneath Bangladesh which is a highly populated country.

This massive seismic shift will have far-reaching effects across the Asian continent. The stresses and strains are converging in that region where two large tectonic plates meet. The world’s biggest river delta is also extant in the area.

Over 140 million individuals could lose their lives and limbs in the ensuing catastrophe which is truly humongous in its nature. The earthquake will not only rearrange human dwellings in the region but also change the course of the rivers and waterways.

The land mass that is very close to the sea will be direly affected. This earthquake is basically a subduction zone. One section of the earth’s crust is in confrontation with another. The world’s biggest earthquakes have all shown this trend in their manifestation.

A prime example would be the Indian Ocean earthquake which generated a huge tsunami in 2004. Some 230,000 people were killed way back then which was a very big tragedy.

Also the 2011 earthquake in Japan further aggravated matters due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. That too was a sad event that left humanity in a state of distraught insecurity.

While most tectonic plates tend to be beneath the ocean floor, this one is on land which makes it very dangerous indeed. Subduction zone quakes occur when the plates collide with one another.

Sometimes they are stuck in gridlock fashion for long periods of time during which they are dormant. Then suddenly they get activated.

Bangladesh is a key spot that has such a tectonic plate face-off beneath it. This makes it very vulnerable to any earthquake that occurs in an unpredictable manner.

The scientists have been busy studying the occurrence of such earthquakes. They predict that this one poses a hazard in the future for the region. The tectonic plates have been building up their potential to slip for over 400 years.

The experts cannot say whether it will occur five years from now or 500 years in the future. Yet one thing is for sure and that is that it will come without a warning. So the utmost care ought to be taken.

The findings of this research appear in this week's issue of Nature Geoscience.

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