NEW DELHI: Powerful earthquake hit Indian capital New Delhi and surrounding states of Uttrakahnd and Uttar Pradesh. The powerful tremors that shook buildings across the national Capital Region forced people to rush outside their homes at a time when they had just gone to bed.
As further reports are being awaited a large number of people are said to be camping outside, fearing aftershocks as it has been the norm. Aftershocks are rather common.
Manar Syed, a resident of Jamia Nagar, says, “I had just gone to bed when I was shaken out of my sleep. I tried to rush out of the house, but as we stay on the fourth floor, and it is not advisable to use lift, I stayed in my home”. She said that narrow lanes in her locality deterred her from going out fearing it may be riskier outdoor than indoors.
Reports suggest that tremors lasted for more than 30 seconds. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre has placed the epicentre 35 km from Pipalkoti in Uttarakhand.
Powerful tremors that hit delhi had its epicenter in Rudraprayag district of Uttrakhand. Scientists said the earthquake was shallow, with a depth of just 7 km. Tremors were reported as far away as Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.
The loss cannot be estimated or found out right now. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has directed the Chief Secretary Shatrughna Singh to take stock of the situation. Mr Rawat has also directed Mr Singh to start immediate relief operations after measuring the impact of the earthquake from all district magistrates. The Ministry of Home Affairs have sought a detailed report on the earthquake and tweeted, “Closely monitoring the situation in earthquake-hit Uttarakhand and other north Indian states where the tremors have been felt.”