Earthquake Rocks Delhi and Surrounding Areas

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An earthquake of medium intensity rocks Delhi and its near by towns on Monday afternoon, pulling panic-stricken people out of their homes and offices.

The tremors, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale with Haryana’s Bahadurgarh as epicenter, were felt across Delhi and its surrounding satellite towns of Ghaziabad and Noida in Uttar Pradesh at a 1:11pm.

According to the US Geological Survey, the strength of this earthquake was measured 5.2 on the Richter scale.

The quake took place 9km below the surface. The tremors were felt for less than ten seconds. The intensity was 4.9 and the epicenter was Bahadurgarh, Delhi-Haryana Border.

There were no immediate reports of any casualty or damage to structures. No major damage is expected, since it had a magnitude of 4.9 only. At the most there could be some fall of plaster in poorly build structures close to the epicenter.

This is the third tremor in Delhi, which is among the 30 cities which fall in the high risk seismic zone, since September last year. Tremors were felt in the capital on September 18 last year following an earthquake with an intensity of 6.8 on the Richter scale having its epicenter near Sikkim-Nepal border. On September eight last year, an earthquake of 4.2 on Richter scale with Haryana’s Sonepat as epicenter, had rocked the capital.

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