29 Indian cities highly vulnerable to Earthquake

According to the National Earthquake Science Center (NCS), 29 cities and towns of the country, including the capitals of Delhi and nine towns, come in "very serious" seismic areas with "serious". Most of these are in the Himalayan region, which is one of the most active areas in the world in terms of earthquake.

In Delhi, Patna (Bihar), Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), Kohima (Nagaland), Puducherry, Guwahati (Assam), Gangtok (Sikkim), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Imphal (Manipur) and Chandigarh Seismic Zone Come in 4 and 5. The total population of these cities is more than three crore.

NCS director Vineet Gahlot said that keeping in mind the damage caused by earthquake records, tectonic activities and earthquake by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the seismic zone is divided between 2 to 5 different regions of the country.

NCS, which registers the intensity of earthquake and classifies cities with earthquake sensitivity, comes under the Indian Meteorological Sciences (IMD). Area 2 is the lowest in terms of earthquake whereas Area 5 is considered to be the most active. Sectors 4 and 5 respectively fall into "extremely serious" categories from "serious".
The entire Northeastern region, parts of Jammu and Kashmir, the Rann of Kutch in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, parts of North Bihar and Andaman and Nicobar islands come in Area 5.

A small portion of some parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Sikkim, North Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Maharashtra come in Area 4.