Earthquake tremors felt in Delhi-NCR

Earthquake tremors felt in Delhi-NCR

Hummingbird News Desk

KOLKATA, 12 FEB: An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale hit Tajikistan late Friday night. Strong tremors were felt across the north Indian subcontinent with tremors in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, the Delhi-NCR and Uttarakhand.

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The quake struck at the depth of 91.6 km and its epicentre was located 35 km west of Murghab town in Tajikistan. It occurred at 10:31 pm (local time).

The area of the epicentre is largely unpopulated mountain terrain and is located in the Badakhshan National Park, part of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) in southeastern Tajikistan.

While initial reports by the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) suggested it was a magnitude 6.1 earthquake with an epicenter in Amritsar, Punjab, it later issued a clarification stating there was just one earthquake – with an epicenter in Tajikistan – having a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale. The earthquake occurred at around 10.40 pm.

While strong tremors were felt across several parts of northern India, there have been no immediate reports of destruction or casualties though people rushed out of their homes as the tremors were followed by strong aftershocks.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tweeted, “No reports of any damage so far in Amritsar or other parts of Punjab following the #earthquake. Top officials of @PunjabPoliceInd & local administration are keeping a close watch on the situation. Praying for everyone’s safety.”

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