Earthquake hits Uttarakhand, epicentre Rudraprayag, tremors felt in Delhi-NCR too
Strong tremors were felt in Delhi and adjoining areas from the earthquake of 5.5 magnitude .india Updated: Dec 06, 2017 22:28 IST
A 5.5 magnitude earthquake rocked several states in north India including capital Delhi at around 8.50 pm on Wednesday, sending panic-stricken people rushing out of their homes in many places.
The Dehradun Meteorological Centre (DMC) said the epicentre of the earthquake was in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district which lies in one of the most seismic regions in the country. DMC director Bikram Singh said the epicentre was reported at 30.4 latitude north and 79.1 latitude east in which Rudraprayag district falls. The depth of the quake was 30 km.
The tremors caused panic among people of the Himalayan state particularly in Rudraprayag district.
District magistrate (DM) Mangesh Ghildiyal said no loss of life or property has been reported so far.
“Many of our valleys like that of Kedar and Kalimath are vulnerable to disasters. The sub divisional magistrates were enquired and also, we are trying to get in touch with the village heads to ensure that people are safe,” Ghildiyal told Hindustan Times.
Bikram Singh, director of DMC, said the magnitude was moderate due to which major damage was unlikely.
Lakhpat Rana, a resident of Kalimath valley in Rudraprayag said over the phone, “The people residing in the valley are absolutely horrified. We have seen the 2013 disaster that washed away everything. If any other natural calamity happens, then there won’t be any life left here.”
Thousands of people people were killed in the state in 2013 when flashfloods triggered one of the worst natural disasters in the state.
People also took to social media to express their concern.
Author Advaita Kala tweeted: ‘Reports saying epicentre of the #Earthquake is in Uttarakhand. Hope people are safe.’
Another twitter user Jagjit tweeted ‘#Earthquake shakes whole north India of 6.5 Intensity . Epicenter uttrakhand’.