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Earthquake of 3.0 magnitude hits Assam’s Nagaon; 2nd today, seven this month

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NAGAON: An earthquake of magnitude 3.0 on the Richter scale hit Nagaon district of Assam early this morning.

The earthquake occurred at 7.05 am and its coordinates were 26.49 N and 92.46 E.

The epicenter of the quake was located at a depth of 23 kilometers.

No loss of lives or property has however been reported.

This is the second earthquake in Assam today and the seventh this month. Another earthquake of magnitude 3.7 struck the state at midnight.

Sonitpur has recorded several tremors in recent times. At least 10 earthquakes hit the district in a day last month.

The most severe earthquake that hit Sonitpur was of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale on April 28.

As per the platetectonics, Assam is in the eastern-most projection of the Indian Plate, where the plate is thrusting underneath the Eurasian Plate creating a subduction zone and the Himalayas.

This led Assam fall under the seismic zone V making the entire state prone to earthquake of moderate to very high intensity.

The state has experienced two major earthquakes in the year 1897 and 1950. The intensities of these two earthquakes were 8.7 and 8.5 on the Richter scales respectively.

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Combined with this hazard, is the vulnerability profile of the towns and cities where the growth is haphazard and uncontrolled.

Huge urban population combined with poor quality and ill-maintained infrastructure, low quality building stock, and lower resilience of the high–density society increases the risks to earthquakes in the urban cities.

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