Delhi Earthquake: The National Center for Seismology put the epicenter of the earth quake at 90 km south east of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, bordering Nepal.
At least six people were killed and several injured as three tremors in the last 24 hours triggered landslides in various parts of the Doti district, news agency ANI reported. Strong tremors were felt in Delhi and the NCR region waking people out of their sleep at around 2am. The National Seismological Centre of Nepal confirmed that there have been three tremors in Nepal in the past 24 hours — two earthquakes and an aftershock.
The third strong jolt measuring 6.6 magnitude which struck at around 2.12am on Wednesday resulted in the loss of three lives after a house collapsed. The deaths are reported from Gairagaun,” Ram Prasad Upadhyay, chairman of Purbichauki village council-03 of Doti district told ANI.
Dozens of houses have been damaged in the district, reports said.
The first earthquake of magnitude 4.9 hit Nepal at around 8.52pm. The second earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck Nepal at around 1.57am, the tremors of which were felt strongly in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurugram and even Lucknow. The epicentre of the second earthquake was 90km east-southeast of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand.
A Delhi Disaster Management Authority official told HT no call has been received at the emergency operation centre about any earthquake-related damage.
Social media users took to Twitter t share their experience of tremors which according to them were unprecedented though the Delhi-NCR region is prone to such tremors. Residents of highrises posted photos of the ceiling fan trembling. Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi tweeted, “Didn’t want to tweet but one can safely say it did feel like an earthquake!”
Strong tremors were felt across north India in the small hours of Wednesday after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Himalayan region near Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand along the Nepal border.
The National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said the epicenter of the earthquake was in Nepal, about 90 km east-southeast of Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, and it struck at 1.57 am Wednesday.
The tremors were felt in Delhi and surrounding areas of Ghaziabad and Gurugram and even in Lucknow, jolting people out of their sleep.
The Himalayan region in Uttarakhand and adjoining Nepal has been experiencing earthquakes of lower magnitude for the past couple of days.
Union Minister Meenakashi Lekhi tweeted, “Didn’t want to tweet but one can safely say it did feel like an earthquake!” Congress leader Radhika Khera urged people to “stay alert and stay safe”.
Radio Jockey Raunac said, “It was scary…extremely scary.” The USGS said the epicentre of the earthquake was at 21 km from Dipayal in Nepal.
The region had experienced at least two earthquakes of 4.9 magnitude and 3.5 magnitude late Tuesday evening, the NCS data showed.
A 4.5 magnitude earthquake had struck Uttarakhand on Sunday with the epicenter 17 km east-southeast of Uttarkashi.