"The depth of the quake was 33 km and it occurred at 10:33 pm," said J L Gautam, Operations head at the National Seismological Bureau, a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences. The area is in high seismic zone. Tremors were also felt in Gwalior of Madhya Pradesh in Central India.
Twitter saw a flurry of reactions. Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was one of the first leaders to tweet after the earthquake. The chief of Aam Aadmi Party said:
Earthquake in Delhi NCR. I pray for everyone's safety— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 6, 2017
Soon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter after taking stock of the situation:
Spoke to officials & took stock of the situation in the wake of the earthquake felt in various parts of North India.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 6, 2017
The Home Ministry is monitoring the situation and has rushed response teams to Uttarakhand:
The MHA is closely monitoring the situation in earthquake hit Uttarakhand and other north Indian states where the tremors have been felt.— HMO India (@HMOIndia) February 6, 2017
The NDRF teams have been rushed from Ghaziabad to Uttarakhand to conduct rescue and relief operations, if the situation arises.— HMO India (@HMOIndia) February 6, 2017
India's star boxer and Olympic bronze medallist, Vijender Singh tweeted wishing for everyone's safety:
I hope everyone is safe #Earthquake— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) February 6, 2017
Soon, people of Delhi and surrounding areas took to Twitter to describe situations around them. People especially those living in high-rise apartments and buildings, rushed to the ground floor. "Bed started shaking and the ceiling fan was swinging a little," Sohil Sharma, a resident of Uttar Pradesh's Noida, said. "I was lying on bed suddenly it started shaking," said Savita Gupta, resident of sector 21.
Heard people shouting n saw them running fast on stairs..... then I realised it's #earthquake
#Earthquake: Dear Delhi! Stay safe, pray that others are safe too
Heard people shouting n saw them running fast on stairs..... then I realised it's #earthquake— Qayed (@Qayed) February 6, 2017