An earthquake of medium intensity of magnitude 4.2 struck near Delhi on Thursday, prompting people to flee their homes.
The earthquake’s epicenter was 48km southwest of Gurgaon in Haryana, according to the Indian National Center for Seismology.
The earthquake struck at 23:46 at a depth of 7.5 km from the surface.
Severe tremors were felt in Delhi and surrounding areas for several seconds.
No damage to the life of the property was immediately reported.
Social media was abuzz with people reporting the earthquake, immediately sending #Earthquake to the top of the trends.
@NDRFHQ EARTHQUAKE REPORT
As suggested by the National Seismology Center, EQ 4.2 magnitude occurred for details below:
Time: 23:46:45 IST
Lat: 28.06 N
Long: 76.72 E.
Depth: 5 Km
Region: Alwar, Raj
No report of loss / Damaged to the control room so far / UNDER EVALUATION
– ѕαtчα prαdhαn सत्य नारायण प्रधान ସତ୍ଯପ୍ରଧାନ- DG NDRF (@ satyaprad1) December 17, 2020
– Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) December 17, 2020
– Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) December 17, 2020
Wow! It was a real tremor! I hope everyone is safe. https://t.co/LlJ4XTWtC6
– Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) December 17, 2020
– Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) December 17, 2020
Delhi, which is located near a fault, is susceptible to major earthquakes, geologists say. Since April 12, the National Capital Region of Delhi (NCR) has experienced nearly 20 earthquakes.
The city falls under seismic zone IV, a very high risk area. India is divided into four seismic zones – II, III, IV and V – based on the increasing intensity and frequency of earthquakes.
If a magnitude 6 earthquake hits Delhi, a large number of structures that do not follow safety regulations are likely to be demolished, experts said.
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