Feb 25, 2014, 12.00 PM | Source: Skymetweather.com
Earthquake rattles northeastern states
India`s northeast region lies between the Indian and the Eurasian plates and it reports more than a dozen quakes every year. The earthquake activity in this region is due to the Indian plate diving (thrusting) beneath the Eurasian plate. This process can trigger powerful earthquakes. The region had witnessed a magnitude 8.6 earthquake on 15th of August, 1950. It is still regarded as one of the major earthquakes in India that caused widespread destruction in both Assam and Tibet. Over 1,500 people were killed in Assam alone. It was considered to be among the ten largest earthquakes of 20th century.