March 5th, 2012
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Earthquake in North India


New Delhi: An earthquake magnitude between 4.9 and 5.2 on the Richter scale shook the capital and neighboring states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The epicentre was near Bahadurgarh town near the Haryana-Delhi border region, just 35 km from New Delhi. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, this was the 19th quake in the country this year so far and third this month alone. This was the second earthquake in the northern region in less than a month.

“Tremors of the 4.9 magnitude earthquake were felt for some seconds in parts of the state at 1.11 p.m.,” an official of the meteorological office said. In January this year, there were 10 tremors which were recorded in various parts of India. Six quakes measuring between 5.0 to 3.6 on the Richter scale were felt in February.

Last year, there were 80 earthquakes in India, which measured between 3.5 to 6.5 on the Richter scale. A majority of these quakes occurred in the northern Indian regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Harayana and Punjab. “Delhi will continue to experience these quakes and termors as it falls on the junctures of faults and ridges,” said Dattatrayam a scientist with IMD’s Seismic Department.

According to the Seismic Zone Mapping done by the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Delhi is among 30 cities in the country falling in zone IV, which is defined as a severe intensity seismic zone. This is the third tremor in Delhi, which is among the 30 cities which fall in the high risk seismic zone, since September last year.


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