Tuesday’s earthquake jolted residents of the two cities. Offices in Noid’a Sector 135, 58, 62, 63 and 18 had to be evacuated. People hurrying to reach the ground floor led to a panic-like situation in most high-rises in Ghaziabad and Noida.
Arun Kumar, fire officer of Ghaziabad’s Trans Hindon area, said, “There is no damage. The high-rises in this area are earthquake-resistant. It’s the two or three storey buildings that are vulnerable.”
Kumar explained that the high-rise buildings can withstand shocks as they are made keeping in mind that the NCR falls in a high-risk zone, which is seismic zone IV. He added that in case of a high frequency earthquake, multi-storey buildings will only tilt and residents can be easily evacuated.
In Noida, Sector 62 and 50 have a good number of high-rises.
Marketing professional Nupur Pandey, who works in Sector 63, said, “I was driving my car when I noticed people rushing towards the road. Fearing a disaster, I stopped the car and immediately received a call from my parents, who were worried about my safety.”
Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram, Vaishali and Vasundhara have about 250 high-rise buildings and in some safety alarms were used to evacuate the residents.
Shantanu Dhinda, a resident of Indirapuram, said, “The doors and windows were rattling and we got scared. The panic lasted for an hour and by 5.30 pm, residents gradually went back to their houses.”