Earthquakes are very difficult to predict before hand and it is difficult to tell where they will occur exactly. This makes it difficult to take precautions in advance. Most of the recent earthquakes in Nepal, Afghanistan and Jammu and Kashmir have caused tremendous loss of life because people were ill prepared.
Causes of Earthquakes
Earthquake can be caused by erupting volcanoes and large meteorites but the biggest cause of earthquakes is tectonic activity.
India sits on a plate called the Indian plate and it is slamming into the Eurasian plate. This has over time created the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau. Because of this, earthquakes in this belt are very common and the area extending from the Plains of the Ganga, the North-Eastern states, the Himalayan areas of Nepal, Bhutan and Kashmir and the Hind Kush areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are very prone to earthquakes.
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