5.8 Earthquake in North India


A magnitude 5.8 earthquake epicentered in Uttarakhand rattled north India sending tremors as far as Delhi and adjoining areas – Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad – Haryana, Punjab and parts of Uttar Pradesh.

Tremors which lasted for about 30 seconds were felt at 10.35 pm in Mussoriee, Pithoragarh, Mathura, Rishikesh, Shamli and Chandigarh.

The United States Geological Survey website has reported an earthquake of 5.4 magnitude with an epicentre 35 km west-north-west of Pipalkoti in Uttarakhand.

The epicentre of the quake was Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand, said J L Gautam, Operations head at the National Seismological Bureau, a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences. “The depth of the quake was 33 km and it occurred at 10.33 PM,” he said.

Uttarakhand, which falls in the Himalayan belt, is known for high seismic activities.

Tremors were felt across Punjab, Haryana and their common capital Chandigarh also after which many people rushed out of their homes.

There were no immediate reports of any loss of life or damage to property.
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