Srinagar, Asharq Al-Awsat- Geologists in Jammu and Kashmir have expressed their fears of another earthquake in the coming months.
Dr G.M Bhat, a professor of at Jammu University Geology department said, "there is an urgent need to warn the government and masses about the threat of this natural disaster."
He adds, "The two and a half billion year old Indian plate is crashing into the Eurasian plate that threatens the Himalayas in Nepal, and parts of India and particularly Kashmir."
The professor said that the catastrophic October 8 earthquake was 33.95 degrees to 35.63 degrees north latitude, and 72.94 degrees to 73.58 east longitude causing a quake that reached 8.2 on the Richter scale.
He fears that if there were more seismic vibrations, several parts of the Jammu region would be affected. "There will be mass casualties because we do not have any firm policies on disaster management. Earthquakes are a natural phenomenon. It is not the earthquakes that kill, but the buildings. It is time to teach the masses how to minimize losses and deal with such crises."
It is also worth mentioning that Dr Bhat last year predicted that Jammu and Kashmir was experiencing seismic waves that could potentially a major earthquake.