19th earthquake in India this year

19th earthquake in India this year

By: || Updated: 05 Mar 2012 02:26 AM


New Delhi: An
earthquake of medium intensity jolted Delhi and its satellite towns this
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
epicentre (35 kms from Delhi), were felt across Delhi and its adjoining
satellite towns of Ghaziabad and Noida in Uttar Pradesh at a 1.11pm, the
MeT office said.

The quake took place 9km below the surface. The
tremors were felt for less than ten seconds.

"The intensity was
4.9 and the epicentre was Bahadurgarh, Delhi-Haryana Border," a senior MeT
official said.

There were no immediate reports of any casualty.

The
fire brigade and police said they have not received any immediate calls of
casualty or damage.

A total of 19 tremors have shook various
parts of the country this year. According to the Seismic Zone Mapping done
by the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Delhi is among 30 cities in the
country falling in zone IV, which is defined as a severe intensity seismic
zone.

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 epicentre near Sikkim-Nepal border.

On September eight
last year, an earthquake of 4.2 on Richter Scale with Haryana's Sonepat as
epicentre, had rocked the capital.

The tremors were felt in parts
of Haryana, particularly those areas falling in the NCR region which are
close to Bahadurgarh including Gurgaon, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Hisar, Bhiwani
and other places.





Some places in Punjab and Agra in Uttar Pradesh also experienced the
tremors.





Initial reports reaching Delhi said that people at some places in Haryana
including those inside their offices rushed out after the tremors.

Official
sources here said there were no reports of any casualty or loss to
property so far. 





Noida: "We were evacuated immediately from our office, chairs and
fans inside the room were shaking. However, we did not panic as we have
experienced such tremors in the past," said Pooja, an employee, to STAR
News correspondent.





Gurgaon: Some people working and living in high-rise buildings in
Gurgaon, which has the offices of several MNCs and leading Indian
companies located there, were asked to vacate the buildings as the tremors
were felt for over 10 seconds.




Haryana: A teacher got injured after a boundary wall fell collapsed
in Mayna village, Rohtak district of Haryana. Luckily, there were no
students inside the school.





More details are awaited.




Earthquake
hits North India





Tremors
felt at homes





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