BIG ONE FEARS: Experts to drill into Indian earthquake hotspot sparking mega-quake alarm

Thursday, July 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

SEISMOLOGISTS are drilling into an earthquake hotspot in India, sparking fears that it could lead to huge tremor.

By SEAN MARTIN
Express.co.uk
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Indian scientists are going to bore a hole into a site where earthquakes frequently occur in a bid to determine whether they are caused by nearby water reservoirs.

Experts have been drilling into a mountain side in the Western state of Maharashtra where there is a nearby hydroelectric dam.

In 1962, an earthquake at the dam caused the reservoir to be filled with more than a trillion litres of water.

Since then there have been 22 earthquakes in the area, ranging from 5 to 5.9 on the Richter scale.

As a result, seismologists are trying to decipher whether man-made hydroelectric dams can cause earthquakes, which is why they are drilling into the area.

Geophysicist Dr Sukanta Roy, who is leading the project, told the BBC that the drilling will allow them “to measure the changes in the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of rocks before, during, and after an earthquake.”

However, this has caused fear among some scientists, believing that the drilling could cause an earthquake itself.

Previous research has suggested that this could be the case.

According to the California Institute for Technology, earthquakes can be caused by man “as is the case in certain mining or drilling operations, and even in the construction of certain large dams”.

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