No Need To Get Panicky Of Earth Quake Warning: Renzu Shah21 December 2011
Jammu: Director Information, Jammu & Kashmir, Khawaja Farooq Renzushah said that US based seismologist Roger Bilham’s Warning that Mega Earth quake can cause devastation needs to be verified and people of Kashmir need not to panic. He told that Local newspapers carried front page stories about Roger Bilham of Colorado University predicting a major earthquake in Kashmir that could trigger landslides which would dam the Jhelum River and plunge the valley under water. Renzu Shah said that The US based seismologist Roger Bilham’s Warning that ‘Mega Earth quake’ can cause devastation needs to be verified and people of Valley need not to panic. He told that no conclusion can be made on such reports of American based scientist, unless the National Metrological and Disaster Management department and experts endorse this ‘imaginary’ survey report. “Nine magnitude earth quake prediction has caused unnecessary panic among the people of valley,” and adding that he advised these scientists to get their reports further verified before giving it to media. Renzu Shah said that Last year in July 2010 similar report was issued about disastrous earth quake prediction in East Turkistan and Kashgar similar Survey was published in media according to which entire belt of Kashgar and east Turkistan was predicted to be erased out of world map as a result devastating earth quake. He said Chinese authorities controlling east Turkistan and Kashgar in the garb of this threat survey, demolished precious centaury old heritage buildings in Kashgar. It is really lamentable that Kashgar authorities instead of verifying the survey report misused the same for destroying centaury old high cultural sites of great saints in the Kashgar and precious heritage buildings were unnecessary demolished. He advised such alarming survey report of American based scientist with regard to 9 magnitudes richer scale earth quake report should be verified and analyzed by concerned experts before created any panic or human cry. He advised such alarming survey report of American based scientist with regard to 9 magnitudes richer scale earth quake report should be verified and analyzed by concerned experts before created any panic or human cry. Some promising approaches may lead to successful predictions in the future. May be someday scientists and seismologists will come up with a prediction method to minimize the human and property loss. But at present no such prediction is available to the world. Most of the scientists say earthquakes are so hard to predict, how seismologists try to foretell quakes which can confuse people and make them believe in the predictions. For places with a high rate of historic activity, the chance that a quake will hit in a future period of several decades can be quite high. Meanwhile, the Kashmir based experts recommend the state government to undertake micro-seismic zoning in the Valley to minimize loss of human lives in case of any such eventuality. It may be mentioned that on October 8, 2005, a magnitude-7.9 earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded in present Kashmir, struck with no apparent warning across the Line of Control (LOC) in Indian and Pakistani parts of Kashmir. Over 40,000 people were killed across the Line of Control in this quake. The earth quake created a psychosis and fear in the minds of the people in Valley. Kashmir is located along well known fault zones of the planet earth. So Kashmiris would believe anything related to quake.