Gulmit, November 27: Rumbling and loud underground, “explosion-like”, sounds have waken up resident f Gulmit and adjacent village in the Gojal valley of upper Hunza.
The local people heard sounds of rumbling and underground loud sounds at around 02:30am on November 27. Many of the residents woke up due to the loud sounds.
The region has been faced with a natural disaster since January 2010, when the Hunza River was dammed due to a landslide near Attabad.
Similar sounds were also heard last year and the year before. Experts were of the opinion, last year, that the huge volume of water is putting pressure on the earth and the land is settling down beneath the surface. The sounds and explosions are caused by the settling down of the earth, it is believed.
It is also pertinent to note that while the water level has gone down considerably, thousands of tonnes of silt, soil and rocks have been deposited in the gorge between Shishakat, Ayeenabad, Ghulkin, Hussani and Gulmit, increasing burden on the ground
The settling of the earth and the underground movement has also caused cracking of wall of houses and other buildings in the region.