Joshimath sank by 5.4 cm in just 12 days; ISRO report says

Joshimath sank by 5.4 cm in just 12 days; ISRO report says

According to a report by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO),
Uttarakhand’s Joshimath saw a rapid sinking of 5.4 cm in just 12 days. Satellite images released by ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre show the town sank 5.4 cm between December 27 and January 8.

The pictures have been taken from the Cartosat-2S satellite.

The “sinking” temple town, is known to be the gateway to popular pilgrimage sites like Badrinath. The town is on the verge of a disaster with massive cracks emerging in buildings and roads. Some 4,000 people have been moved to relief camps after a satellite survey.

The report, quoting witnesses, said the massive soil sinking occurred due to “a rapid subsidence event that was triggered on January 2, 2022.”

“The crown of the subsidence is located near Joshimath-Auli road at a height of 2,180 metres,” ISRO’s report said.

“Slow subsidence up to 9 cm within the Joshimath town is recorded over a period of 7 months, between April and November 2022,” the report said.

 

 

 

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