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The Chamoli disaster was an entirely avoidable Himalayan tragedy, writes Bharat Jhunjhunwala

Below the land mass of India, there is a huge tectonic plate, known as ‘Indian Plate’. The rotation of the earth is causing this plate to continually move northward just as matter moves to the top in a centrifuge. The Indian Plate crashes into the Tibetan Plate as it moves to the north. The pressure between these two plates is leading to the continual rise of the Himalayas, in general and earthquakes in Uttarakhand, in particular. Thus, Uttarakhand has been having an earthquake every ten years, leaving aside the last 20 years. A possible reason for an earthquake not taking…

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