Madhya Pradesh in earthquake zone 2 and 3

23 Nov 2020
Madhya Pradesh in earthquake zone 2 and 3

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that earthquake tremors were felt in the districts of Seoni, Balaghat, Barwani, Alirajpur, Chhindwara, Mandla, etc. recently. The highest intensity earthquake on the Richter scale was 4.3 in Seoni. Madhya Pradesh falls in quake zone 2 and 3, which is not a dangerous category. Zone 4 and 5 come under high risk category, where the intensity of earthquake is above 4.5 on the Richter scale. All the relief and rescue arrangements have been made by the government in all the earthquake prone areas. Be patient, there is no need to panic and all necessary precautions should be taken.

Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was holding a meeting of State Disaster Management in Mantralaya today. Chief Secretary Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Rajoura and all concerned officials were present in the meeting.

Difference in water level is a possible reason

In a review of the possible reasons for the recent earthquake in the state it was informed that the change in water level is the possible cause for earthquake this time. This time the earthquake that occurred in Seoni was of 4.3 magnitude, the epicentre of which was just below Seoni city.

Earthquake in state in the recent past

The earthquake that occurred in Madhya Pradesh on November 22 includes quake in Seoni city measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, 2.4 in Katangi Balaghat, 1.8 in Kurai Seoni and 2.7 magnitude in Barghat Kevlari. Similarly, on November 7, a quake of 4.2 magnitude occurred near Barwani and Alirajpur, again near Seoni district on October 27, of 3.3 magnitude, the tremors of which were felt in Mandla and Balaghat, quake of 3.2 magnitude on October 31 in Chhindwara and of 3.5 magnitude near Seoni district.

Precautions to be taken during an earthquake

  • Stay where you are, maintain balance. Haste can be fatal.

  • If inside the house, one must stay away from heavy objects that may fall.

  • One must stay away from windows. One must hide under a strong table.

  • Protect your face and head with your hands and protect your head with hands till vibration stops.

  • If you are out of the house, look for an open space. Stay away from buildings, trees, electric poles and wires.

  • If you are in a vehicle, stop and stay inside.

  • Stay away from bridges, electrical cables, buildings, pits and steep hillsides.

  • Turn off electrical appliances and cooking gas.

  • Broken luggage can cause injury to foot, so shoes must be worn.

  • If any inflammable material has spread, clean it immediately.

If there is a fire and there is smoke, lie down and try to come out safely. In such a situation, clean air can be found only near the ground