Monday, March 5, 2012

Earthquake hits New Delhi, North India

Arindam Roy

Residents of the National Capital Region (NCR), New Delhi, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgoan felt mild tremors at 1.10PM Monday. The jolts were also felt in Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The after shocks lasted for less than 10 seconds.  Buildings and lifts shook in the mild quake that measured 4.9 on the Richter scale.

The jolts of the mild earthquake, with its epicenter at Bahadurgarh, Haryana, was reportedly 9Km beneath the earth's surface.

Many had panicked and had stormed out of their homes and offices. However, no damage was reported.

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 since September last year.

The Wall Street Journal, one of the first to report the earthquake today, stated, "The U.S. Geological Survey measured the earthquake in Haryana at 5.2 magnitude at 1.11 p.m. local time 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Delhi."

A fellow journalist, in a TV channel newsroom, said tongue-in-cheek, 'We are feeling the jolts almost a day before the election results of UP and four other states are out.'