Earthquake in North India: Within hours of an earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale hit Surat district in Gujarat this morning, another one has shaken residents in North India, especially Amritsar that has been measured at 4.6 magnitude.
The earthquake in North India happened at 5.24 p.m. in IST. People ran out of their homes, but returned thereafter as no aftershocks were felt. The quake lasted barely seconds.
The latitude of the quake was 31.1 degrees north and 74.3 degrees east with focal depth of being 15 kilometers.
The epicenter of the earthquake quake was Punjab-Pakistan border region, said the MeT department. There is no report of any casualties yet, according to an IMD official.
The earthquake was also felt across Lahore in Pakistan.
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Authorities are in a wait-and-watch mode as during the monsoon rains, waterlogging does affect homes that have not been built according to specifications and chances of them collapsing increases.
In the early morning quake in Gujarat, no casualty or damage was reported, an official had revealed although panicked residents had scurried out of their home onto open ground.
Check out the tweets:
FLASH: Earthquake tremors felt in Amritsar at 5:24 pm today
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 17, 2016
MangoBaaz @mangobaaz: “Anybody else think it felt less like an #earthquake and more like the beginning of an apocalypse? A loud bang and then, the jolt. ”
Maher Rizwan @MaherRizwan2014: “Worst Earthquake with Surround! Totally taken a back ! Allah bless & keep safe Praying for #Lahore ”
Sana Waheed @Sana_Whd: “The sound was scary and loud like someone drilling the ground, It was soul shaker.
Praying for everyone safety #Earthquake”
Heart Break Kid @MrHeartBreakKid: “i am still wondering what was that sound ??? like blast”
Sania Ashiq @SaniaaAshiq: “Earthquakes have never been like this… It was so loud… I hope everyone is safe… #Earthquake”
The Gujarat earthquake occurred at 9:24 AM with its epicentre being recorded at Bhada village under Kamrej taluka of Surat district, nearly 24 kms north-west of Surat, he said.