Earthquake in India: Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Ladakh, Kashmir; panicked public rushes outdoors

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New Delhi | Updated: December 7, 2017 4:20:16 PM

Earthquake in India Live: Magnitude of 5.4 measured on Richter scale. (Reuter)

Earthquake in India: After shaking Uttarakhand, New Delhi and its neighbouring areas, another quake hit Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir. The earthquake was measured at 5.4 magnitude on Richter Scale. The tremors were also felt across the Kashmir valley. “The earthquake of 5.4 magnitudes on the Richter Scale was recorded at 4:59 am today. The epicentre of the earthquake was at a depth of 35 km near the Jammu and Kashmir-Xingjian border in the state’s Ladakh region,” a meteorological (MeT) department official said.

Earlier, on Wednesday evening, at 8.45 PM panic had gripped people in the national capital and its neighbouring areas as the earth shook with a medium-intensity earthquake. As reported by IMD, the earthquake was measured at 5.5 on the Richter scale. The epicentre of the quake was Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand and the depth was 30 km.

Uttarakhand, a part of the Himalayan region, falls under a high seismic zone. People felt strong tremors in the districts of Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Champawat, Dehradun, Chamoli, Tehri and Ramnagar in Uttarakhand. Among the other areas affected by the quake are Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Many people took to Twitter as they felt the earthquake. Madhur Verma‏, DCP, Delhi Police tweeted: “Just felt Earthquake tremors in Delhi. Hope everything is safe !”
Another twitter user Rahul Munjal‏, wrote, “just had an earthquake…. felt my bed shake!!! #earthquake #newdelhi”

Earlier on June 2, two medium intensity tremors were felt in Haryana, in Delhi and other parts of northern India. The first quake, which was felt for around a minute, shook Delhi and NCR areas at 4:20 am. According to United States Geological Survey, the quake measured 4.7 on the Richter scale. Meanwhile, the second quake had hit Haryana as earthquake tremors with a magnitude of 3.2 was felt in Rohtak at 8.13 AM. The USGS said that the epicentre was at a depth of 10 kms for the second jolt, while the depth of the first quake was 22 km. However, no damage to property or loss of life was done by the mild intensity quake.

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