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The 18 September 2011, North Sikkim earthquake

Rajendran, Kusala and Rajendran, CP and Thulasiraman, N and Andrews, Ronia and Sherpa, Nima (2011) The 18 September 2011, North Sikkim earthquake. In: Current Science (Bangalore), 101 (11). pp. 1475-1479.

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Abstract

The 18 September 2011, magnitude Mw 6.9 earthquake close to the Nepal-Sikkim border caused significant damage due to ground shaking and caused several landslides. Observations from the post-earthquake surveys in the affected areas within Sikkim suggest that the poorly engineered, multistoried structures were relatively more impacted. Those located on alluvial terraces were also affected. The morphology of the region is prone to landslides and the possibility for their increased intensity during the forthcoming monsoon need to be considered seriously. From the seismotectonic perspective, the mid-crustal focal depth of the North Sikkim earthquake reflects the ongoing deformation of the subducting Indian plate.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Epicentre;focal depth;post-earthquake survey;seismotectonic setting
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 08:52
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2012 08:52
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/43448

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