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Mild quake felt in North India

A mild earthquake measuring 5.0 on Richter scale is felt in some parts of north India, reports Utpal Parashar.
Hindustan Times | By Utpal Parashar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2007 04:29 PM IST

An earthquake measuring 5.0 in Richter scale rocked Uttarakhand and neighbouring states at 4.32 am on Monday morning. No damage or loss of life has been reported.

According to meteorological department officials, the quake, which is believed to have originated at Gaumukh in Uttarkashi district, was felt across the state, along the Indo-Tibetan border and in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi too.

"The epicenter of the quake was 31.2 degree north latitude and 78.2 degree east longitude and it last for nearly 20-25 seconds," said Anand Kumar Sharma, Director, State Meteorological Department.

He added that several minor quakes lasting few seconds were felt across the state long after the earthquake had occurred.

"There was no damage or loss of life reported from anywhere in Uttarkashi. Two 'kuccha' houses in Ranakachi village developed partial cracks due to the quake, but no building suffered major damages," said R Meenakshi Sundaram, DM (Uttarkashi).

Chief Minister Bhuwan Chand Khanduri stated that there was no report of loss of property and lives from across Uttarakhand. He, however, instructed DMs to inquire about damage to houses and provide immediate relief.

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