Beanibazarview24.com Desk, 04 Jan 2017,
- A giant fault in the earth’s crust has been found underneath Bangladesh
- Some 140 million people live within 60 miles of the potentially deadly fault
- Experts fear the fault could unleash a 9.0 magnitude earthquake at any time
- Researchers claim Bangladesh needs to build earthquake resistant homes
A giant fault in the earth’s crust covers by millions of tonnes of sediment in one of the world’s most densely populated areas could kill tens of millions of people, scientists have claimed.
Researchers placed hundreds of highly accurate GPS receivers in locations across India, Bangladesh and Myanmar and monitored them over a ten year period.
Now the scientists fear the location is home to a megathrust fault which could unleash a 9.0 magnitude earthquake at any minute.
The scientists, led by Dr Michael Steckler from Columbia University published their findings in the journal Nature.
The experts discovered that millions of tonnes of sediment from the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers has been dumped into the megathrust fault, where one of the earth’s plates is being pushed under another.
Dr Steckler said more than 140 million people live within 60 miles of the fault.
Steckler told CNN, he fears the fault line may be active.
He said the fault was being filled by sediment from the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta which makes it difficult to study.
However, using the GPS data, he said they were able to ‘see the motion of the plates and the deformation around the fault due to the two sides being locked together’.
Steckler claimed a 8.2 to 9.0 earthquake would have a devastating effect on the tens of millions of people living nearby – even in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.
He said: ‘The strain is building up and will sometime be released by an earthquake.’
The researchers cannot predict when the earthquake will strike, but he said governments in the region should be ‘building more earthquake resistant structures’ while improving ‘planning to cope with relief and supplies for the people after an earthquake’.