A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Tajikistan on Friday night on the Richter scale. Strong earthquake tremors were felt in Delhi NCR, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in North India.
Earthquake in Delhi NCR, Punjab, J&K
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the epicentre was in Tajikistan.
The IMD said the quake was rated 6.3 on the Richter scale. It happened at 10.31 pm (IST) and its coordinates were 38.00 N and 73.58 E. The depth of this earthquake was 74 km.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Earthquake tremors felt in Delhi. Prayer for the safety of all.”
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in a tweet that the tremors of the earthquake forced him to move out of his house as the “ground was shaking”.
“No, earthquake tremors in Srinagar were bad enough to get me out of the house since 2005. I grabbed a blanket and ran away. I couldn’t remember taking my phone and was, therefore, unable to tweet ‘earthquake’. Damn. The ground was shaking, ”he tweeted.
In various parts of North India, people came out of their homes after the earthquake to seek protection. Cracks have been reported in the walls of some houses in Jammu and Kashmir.
However, no property loss or damage has been reported so far. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said that no damage has been done so far in the state and the police and local administration are keeping an eye on it.
Amarinder Singh tweeted and said, “No reports of any damage so far in Amritsar or other parts of Punjab following the earthquake. Top officials of Punjab Police and local administration are keeping a close watch on the situation. Praying for everyone’s safety,”
In Himachal Pradesh, sharp tremors were felt in Una, Chamba, Dalhousie, Kullu, Shimla and other areas. Tremors were also felt in parts of Haryana, Rajasthan and Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
Apart from these, tremors were also felt in many cities of Pakistan such as Islamabad, Lahore, parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Earlier this week, the central government informed Parliament that 965 earthquakes of 3 and above on the Richter scale were recorded in Delhi-NCR in 2020 alone.
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