A strong earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale struck Tajikistan on late Friday night. Its tremors were felt all across North India in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, the Delhi-NCR, and Uttarakhand.
As per the India Metrological Department, the epicenter was in Tajikistan. The IMD said that the earthquake measured 6.3 on the Richter Scale. It occurred at 10.31 pm IST and its coordinates were 38.00 N and 73.58 E. The depth of the earthquake was 74km.
The reaction of the people
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted hoping for everyone’s safety. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in a tweet said that tremors forced him to move out of his house as the ground was shaking. People in various parts of North India have been reported to have rushed out of their homes to seek safety. Cracks in the walls of some houses have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir. However, thankfully no major damage or loss of life has been reported anywhere.
The places affected
In Himachal Pradesh, strong tremors were felt in Una, Chamba, Dalhousie, Kullu, Shimla, and other areas. The tremors were also felt in Haryana, parts of Rajasthan, and as far as Mathura in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Besides these, tremors were also felt in several cities in Pakistan, like Islamabad, Lahore, and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
This earthquake has been added to the historical earthquake catalog that shows that there were strong earthquakes in Delhi of the magnitude of 6.5 in 1720, of 6.8 at Mathura in 1803, 5.5 near Mathura in 1842, 6.7 near Bulandshahar in 1956, 6 near Faridabad in 1960 and 5.8 near Moradabad in 1966 in the Delhi-NCR. Earlier this week the central government informed the Parliament that as many as 965 earthquakes measuring 3 and more on the Richter scale have been recorded in the Delhi-NCR alone in 2020.
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