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Earthquake Shakes Delhi and Northern India
Delhi and its neighboring regions experienced significant tremors on Thursday afternoon, sending shockwaves through the National Capital Region (NCR), including Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, and Gurugram. The unsettling event was triggered by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake with its epicenter located near Afghanistan.
According to the National Center for Seismology (NCS), the nodal agency of the Government of India for earthquake monitoring, the quake’s epicenter was recorded in Afghanistan with coordinates 36.48 Latitude and 70.45 Longitude. The seismic activity occurred at a depth of 220 km.
The tremors, felt at 2:50 pm local time, were not limited to Delhi but also reverberated through Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, and other parts of northern India. Reports from Pakistani media indicated that the earthquake had an impact in Lahore, Islamabad, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s cities.
Panic and Response
Despite the intensity of the tremors, there have been no reported casualties or damage to property at the time of this report. The earthquake, with its epicenter 241 kilometers north-northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, prompted panic among residents. Numerous individuals in Delhi and the NCR region reported furniture shaking, leading to a swift evacuation of homes and workplaces.
International Seismic Activity
Coincidentally, the Pakistan Meteorological Department reported a 6.0-magnitude earthquake in parts of Pakistan at 2:20 pm. This earthquake’s epicenter was identified in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI). In parallel, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the quake at magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale, striking at a depth of 206.6 km, 44 km SSW of Jurm in Afghanistan.
While the earthquake has caused understandable panic and disruption, the absence of reported casualties or significant damage offers a sigh of relief for the affected regions. Continuous monitoring by seismic agencies remains crucial for ensuring preparedness and timely response to seismic events in the future.