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12 November 2014

Mizoram: Seismotectonic Study Of The Indo-Burmese Arc

Aizawl, Nov 12 : Scientists from different parts of the world delivered interesting lectures during a two-day tripartite meeting on the 'Tectonics of the Indo- Burmese Arc', organised by Mizoram University (MZU), in collaboration with Manipur University and NGRI (CSIR), Hyderabad, at MZU concluded today.

Besides scientists, research scholars and students from different parts of the world participated in the meeting. The main purpose of this meeting was to formulate and bring about collaborative ideas on questions concerning the structure of the Indo-Burmese Arc, India - Sunda plate motion, Earthquake occurrence potential, evolution of the Indo Burmese Arc, historical seismicity, paleoseismology, volcanic studies in Myanmar, earthquake precursors and others.

Discussions with regard to the future plan for research on the Indo-Burmese Arc, scientific issues, modalities of implementations, funding and timeframe for the research were discussed today.

Dr Leonardo Seeber, from Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia-University, Palisades, NY, in the inaugural function said that it was important to understand what the hazards were. The Indo-Burmese Arc has a lot of important elements that need to be studied and this cannot be done without the collaboration of scientist, researchers, institutions and others.

The vice chancellor of Assam University, Silchar, Prof Somnath Dasgupta also said collaborative venture will bring about important findings and that support from Assam University is guaranteed whenever necessary.

The vice chancellor Prof R Lalthantluanga in his speech, said "Even Mizoram University is trying to put up several projects for the state as we are in the seismic zone along with the rest of North east India and with oil explorations in the state, we have put up proposals to UGC in the 12th plan to provide us Centre's/departments on this regard, we were however unable to get a full-fledged centre from UGC but certain post were sanctioned to Mizoram University earlier this year, one for disaster management and another for oil petroleum exploration".


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