But fear not. At 8.7 on the Richter scale it is not really as if the ‘mother of all quakes’ will hit the Northeast region seven months from now on.It will just be a detailed post earthquake scenario that will be simulated by the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) along with experts from scientific and earth sciences organizations and the North-Eastern Council (NEC).Interestingly, about 8.4 lakh people are predicted to die across the eight states if the 1897 Shillong earthquake is replicated (at mid-night).“The initial study is for four states but in the second phase, all eight states including Sikkim will be covered,” said Pawan Singh Ghatowar, Union minister, Development of North Eastern Region (DoNer).

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