Earthquake in Delhi-NCR: Tremors Felt in North India, Uttarakhand

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Strong Earthquake in Delhi-NCR: A strong earthquake was reported in Delhi-NCR, along with various parts of northern India late on September 21. The tremors were felt in parts of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh.

Delhi Earthquake News

The magnitude of the earthquake is 6.6, and its epicentre is close to Fayzabad in Afghanistan, the National Center for Seismology said. The tremors erupted at a depth of 156 km, it noted.

The earthquake also struck parts of Pakistan, along with Afghanistan where it originated. The tremors were felt in the cities of Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawar.

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The tremors lasted at least 30 seconds with reports pinning the epicentre in the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan. People across Delhi and Noida rushed out of their homes at around 10 pm onto the street, with some carrying their children wrapped in blankets. Ghaziabad residents were also seen on the streets.

Twitter users shared videos of ceiling fans and light fixtures shaking during the massive quake. Eye-witnesses have also claimed to have felt the earthquake in states such as Kashmir and Jaipur. Local media in Pakistan also reported shocks in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.

Countries Affected

According to reports, the earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude hit countries including Turkmenistan, India, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The epicenter is believed to be 90 km from Kalafgan in Afghanistan.

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Reason of Earthquake

ā€œAs we know that the Indo Australian plate is colliding with the Eurasian plate and this release happened in that region. The HKH region is very active seismologically. The reason why people in northwest India and Delhi felt is for relatively longer time is because of the depth. The depth of the fault is over 150 km so first primary waves were felt and then secondary waves. Aftershocks are likely now but they can’t be Forecastā€, J L Gautam, head of office and Scientist at National Center for Seismology, said.

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