2nd quake in 11 days, no reports of casualties
Although it happened approximately 1,500 km away, tremors of the 6.8 magnitude Sunday evening earthquake on the India-Nepal border were also felt in the Delhi-NCR region.delhi Updated: Sep 19, 2011 00:54 IST
Although it happened approximately 1,500 km away, tremors of the 6.8 magnitude Sunday evening earthquake on the India-Nepal border were also felt in the Delhi-NCR region.
The tremors reminded several people of similar late night tremors on the day of the Delhi High Court blast, 11 days ago.
Residents across Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida, especially those living in colonies with high-rise buildings, felt the tremors at 6.11pm as wall hangings, ceiling fans and even cutlery on the dining table started shaking.
Till the time of going to the press, however, there were no reports of any casualties.
Nitin Tambwekar, an advocate staying in Indraprastha Extension, said that he felt the tremors for more than six seconds.
“I ran from my study to the living room, where I saw the ceiling fan shaking,” Tambwekar, who stays on the first floor of a group housing society, said.
“Today being a Sunday, my whole family was at home. We came out of the house to see people from our entire colony on the streets,” said Monalisa Das, a housewife from Sarojini Nagar.
In the city of skyscrapers, Gurgaon, a majority of the residents remained inside their apartments in high-rise buildings while people from only a select few localities came out of their homes as a precautionary measure.
“My bed shook a number of times, however, we did not panic as I think we have learnt to accept the inevitable,” said Rajesh Malhotra, a 12th floor resident of Essel Towers, MG Road.
At the Hamilton Court, Windsor Court and RP-II complex in DLF City that has the highest 25-storeyed towers measuring about 90 meters, there was no panic.
“Very few people came out of their homes,” said MM Bhalla of Hamilton Court. At Noida, in several colonies, only people residing on higher floors felt the tremors. “I live on the second floor, and didn’t feel the earthquake. But my friends who live on the sixth floor and above said they felt the tremors,” said SM Singh, resident of sector 62.
“There is no disaster management plan here. After such quakes, the administration and authority just organise a seminar and feel their work is done. No concrete steps have been taken yet,” said NP Singh, president of federation of Noida RWA.