A medium-intensity earthquake of magnitude 4.7 struck near Delhi on Friday, prompting people to rush out of their homes. The quake was the latest in a series of several low-intensity earthquakes jolting the city over the last two months.
The epicentre of the earthquake was 60 km southwest of Gurgaon in Haryana, according to India's National Center for Seismology.
The earthquake struck at 7:00:50 PM IST at a depth of 35 km from the surface.
Strong tremors were felt in Delhi and surrounding areas for several seconds.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Mild earthquake tremors were felt in Delhi some time ago. Hope you are all safe, take care of yourself."
Tremors were felt in the following areas:
There was no immediate report of any damage to life of property.
Social media was abuzz with people reporting the quake, instantly sending #Earthquake to the top of the trends.
Felt earthquake tremors in Delhi. Hope everyone is safe! ????????????????????????— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) July 3, 2020
Isn't there an increase in frequency of earthquakes in & around Delhi ??— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) July 3, 2020
Seemed like a big one - #Earthquake— Samir Saran (@samirsaran) July 3, 2020
Delhi, which lies close to a faultline, is susceptible big earthquakes, geologists say. Since April 12, the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) has recorded nearly 20 quakes.
The city falls in seismic zone IV - a very high-risk zone. India is divided into four seismic zones — II, III, IV and V -- according to increasing intensity and frequency of earthquakes.
If a magnitude 6 earthquake strikes Delhi, a large number of structures which do not follow safety norms are likely to be demolished, experts have said.
Last month, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said it had started identifying such structures and asking for structural audit reports to ensure seismic stability of high-rise buildings.
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