Twin earthquakes in Haryana in one hour, tremors felt in Delhi
A 4.5 magnitude earthquake occurred in Haryana’s Rohtak district on Friday that was felt in neighbouring Delhi and adjoining districts of the national capital region.
According to the National Center for Seismology, the first quake of medium intensity one of 4.5 magnitude, hit the Haryana city at 9.08 pm at a depth of 5 km.
The epicentre of the earthquake is about 50 km from Delhi.
The second quake was of lower intensity of magnitude 2.9 and occurred at the same location at 10 pm., the NCS said.There were no immediate reports of any loss of life or property.
The earthquakes reported on Friday evening, like the last few quakes felt in Delhi and adjoining areas, were shallow quakes which often lead to greater damage than more powerful deep ones.
The quakes in Rohtak were assessed to have occurred at a depth of 5 km.
This was the fourth quake in or around Delhi this month.
A 2.5 magnitude earthquake with its epicentre in Faridabad district was recorded by the National Centre for Seismology at 4.24 pm on Thursday evening.
There was another mild quake on May 15 measured to be of 2.2 magnitude with its epicentre at 9 km from central Delhi.
On May 10, people in Delhi and nearby areas felt tremors when a 3.4 magnitude earthquake occurred with its epicentre in Sonia Vihar.
Seismologists say it is not unusual for the epicentre of these relatively small earthquakes to be in Delhi and neighbouring Haryana, seismologists said.
Also, a larger proportion of people have been feeling the earthquake because most people are at home and there is far less noise associated with traffic movement due to the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.
Delhi falls under the fourth-highest zone in India, making it vulnerable to earthquakes. But there haven’t been too many earthquakes which have its epicentre in the national capital. Delhi mostly experiences tremors when a quake hits regions as far as central Asia or the Himalayan ranges, known to be a high-seismic zone.