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Earthquake in PoK; Delhi, Punjab, Kashmir experience tremors

According to the private earthquake monitoring agencies, the epicentre is somewhere in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir

New Delhi–  Earthquake tremors were felt in Delhi and the National Capital Region on Tuesday. The tremors, which lasted for a few seconds, were felt today. According to the sources earthquake monitoring agencies, the epicentre is somewhere in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. It has been measured at 6.3 on the Richter scale.

There are reports of tremors are coming in from New Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir among several other states including several towns in Pakistan.

The tremors were also felt in parts of north India, including Poonch, Doda, Rajouri in Kashmir, Uttarakhand’s Dehradun, Amritsar and Jalandhar in Punjab, Noida, Gurgaon among others.

A report on ‘seismic hazard micro zonation of Delhi’ by the ministry of earth sciences indicates that areas like (JNU), AIIMS, Chhatarpur, and Naraina fall under the safest zone while the high-risk zone, mostly in patches, are concentrated in the east, central and northern parts. Areas including Hauz Khas and Vasant Kunj are also among those who experienced the low hazard zone.

 Delhi University’s north campus, Sarita Vihar, Gita Colony, Shakarpur, Paschim Vihar, Wazirabad, Rithala, Rohini, Jahangirpuri, Bawana, Karol Bagh, and Janakpuri fall under the ‘high hazard zone’ having the worst category of “very high” risk index. Most of these areas are along the bank of the river Yamuna. On the other hand, places like IGI Airport, Hauz Khas, Burari and Najafgarh fall under the second-worst “high risk” index category.

The tremors were felt in Punjab’s Chandigarh and in several parts of Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The epicentre of the earthquake was 81 km away from Rawalpindi in Pakistan. According to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 at Richter scale struck 173 km northwest of Lahore, Pakistan.

The USGS said the intensity of the earthquake was 5.7 on the Richter Scale and the epicentre was located at a depth of 8 km. According to Geo TV, tremors were felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Jhelum, Charsadda, Swat, Khyber, Abbottabad, Bajaur, Nowshera, Mansehra, Battagram, Torghar, and Kohistan.

There have been no reports of any loss of life or property from the earthquake.


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