ISRO releases images, shows Joshimath sank 5.4 cm in 12 days

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The satellite images of the Joshimath released by the National Remote Sensing Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have confirmed that the entire town is sinking at a rapid pace.

The preliminary, submitted by ISRO has shown that the entire town, including the Arm’s helipad and the Narasimha temple, has been marked as a sensitive zone.

Image released by ISRO. Photo: IANS

Hyderabad-based NRSC, has released the images – taken from the Cartosat-2S satellite – of the areas that are sinking. The report has claimed that the land subsidence in Joshimath over the past 10-12 days, up to 5.4 cm, in comparison to a ‘slow subsidence’ of 9 cm in seven months between April to November 2022.

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According to the NRSC report ‘a rapid subsidence event was triggered’ from December 27, 2022 till January 8, 2023, affecting central Joshimath.

Image released by ISRO. Photo: IANS

“A subsidence zone, including the Army helipad and Narsing temple, resembling a generic landslide shape has been identified, with the crown of subsidence located near Joshimath-Auli road at a height of 2,180 m,” read the report.

Image released by ISRO. Photo: IANS

Notably, the Uttarakhand government is already conducting rescue operations in danger-prone areas and massive migration and relocation is taking place. The satellite images have also indicated that Joshimath-Auli road is at risk of collapse due to the land subsidence.

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