‘Is it the big one?’ Strong tremors spark late­night panic in Delhi­-NCR | India News


NEW DELHI: Strong tremors jolted parts of north India sending shock waves across Delhi-NCR at 10.17pm on Tuesday as an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan.
The tremors lasting about 30 seconds forced panic-stricken people to rush out of buildings and take refuge in open areas as fears of a “big earthquake” hitting the Indian Himalayan region, as forecast by experts, were revived. There was no immediate report of any loss of life or property.
The fire department received a complaint regarding a building tilting in east Delhi’s Shakarpur area but it turned out to be a “goodwill call made by cautious neighbours”.


Strong earthquake tremors jolt Delhi-NCR

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Officials at National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said that the depth of the earthquake was 156km. According to J L Gautam of NCS, the reason that strong tremors were felt in Delhi-NCR was because of the great depth of the quake. “Quakes last for a very short period. So, if you live in a highrise, rather than attempting to access an open area, take refuge under a table or sit next to beams,” he said.


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