07 Sep 2011

Several people were jolted out of their sleep and some ran out of their homes as tremors were felt in Delhi and other parts of northern India following an earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale that occured at 11:27 pm tonight. 

The epicenter of the earthquake has been found to be Sonipat, Haryana. Strong tremors lasted for about 6 - 7 seconds. Earlier it was told by the meteorological department, that the earthquake probably measured 6.6 on the richter scale. Apart from Haryana, people immediately rushed out of their houses in not just Delhi, but the nearby areas like, Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Ghaziabad. According to reports, had this earthquake lasted for a few more seconds, it could've resulted in heavy loss. 

New Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh at High Risk:

According to reports, Delhi is among thirty important cities in the country that fall into high risk seismic zone while Srinagar is among places at very high risk of earthquakes, the government said.

While Delhi, Amritsar and Chandigarh fall under zone IV (high risk), Srinagar comes under zone V (very high risk).

As per seismic map of India prepared by Bureau of Indian Standards 58.6% areas of the country fall into earthquake zone V (very high risk), IV (high risk) and III (moderate risk). 

Towns like Almora, Ambala, Bahraich, Barauni, Bhuj, Bulandshahar, Darbhanga, Darjeeling, Dehradun, Gangtok, Guwahati, Gorakhpur, Imphal, Jorhat, Kohima, Ludhiyana, Mandi, Monghyr, Moradabad, Nainital, Patna, Pilibhit, Roorkee, Sadiya, Shimla and Tezpur fall under seismic zone IV and V.

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