Q. Consider the following statements:
1) Less than 50% of India is prone to earthquake of different magnitudes.
2) More than 10% of India falls under very high-risk seismically volatile Zone V.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B

Statement 1 is incorrect, statement 2 is correct. Around 59% of India is prone to earthquakes of different magnitudes – 11% in the very high-risk Zone V (Kashmir Valley, western Himachal, eastern Uttarakhand, the Northeast, Rann of Kutch), 18% in high-risk Zone IV (Delhi, parts of Maharashtra, Haryana, UP, Bengal and Bihar), and 30% in Zone III (Kerala, Goa, Lakshadweep, parts of MP, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh).