Bangladesh, the world’s most densely populated country has found evidence of a huge earthquake.
Geologist can’t predict when the quake will occur, but researchers say it’s likely to be between 8.2 and 9 in magnitude.
Lead researcher Michael Steckler from Columbia University said, “We don’t know how long it will take to build up steam, because we don’t know how long it was since the last one, but we can definitely see it building.”
After using satellite GPS and ground monitors to measure surface activity between 2003 and 2013, international team of researchers revealed that Bangladesh is sitting on a huge subduction zone – which means the Indian plate is thrusting underneath the Sunda plate at a rate of 17 millimetres (two-thirds of an inch) a year.
Published in Nature Geoscience, the data and the model including the estimated size of the subduction zone was seen located under the world’s largest river delta – a muddy region where the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers meet the sea.
Those models’ worst-case scenario could cause the land to jump horizontally between 5 and 30 metres or 18 and 100 feet.
A geologist at Dhaka University Syed Humayun Akhter says, “The country is greatly unprepared for a quake of this huge size, the picture of the possible catastrophic incident will be beyond our imagination that could even lead to the city’s abandonment.”
Scientists in the region with the help from New Mexico State University are trying their best for more research, and so they plan to deploy 70 seismometers across Myanmar in 2017.