Earthquake in Delhi: Quake of 6.5 magnitude rocks North India just after Christmas
An earthquake of 6.5 magnitude on the Richter scale shook Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of North India – the quake’s epicentre was in Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan – the temblor shook India just after Christmas was over, but was still being celebrated in most of the world, especially West.
December 26, 2015 16:47 IST
An earthquake of 6.5 magnitude on the Richter scale shook Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of North India – the quake's epicentre was in Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan – the temblor shook India just after Christmas was over, but was still being celebrated in most of the world, especially West. The earthquake was 186 km deep, according to the National Seismology division of Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Earthquake in New Zealand: The New Zealand government's GeoNet monitoring service said the moderate quake was centred 15 km east of the city at a depth of 15 km, Xinhua reported. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the temblor at 5.8 with a relatively shallow depth of 8.2 km. Shallow earthquakes tend to be felt more strongly. No tsunami warning was issued. Emergency services said part of a cliff collapsed in Sumner district in Christchurch. A video clip posted on the social media showed a huge dust cloud following the collapse. Police cordoned off nearby access to the fallen cliff and local electricity service said at least 450 homes were left without power. (Reuters)
People in Delhi rushed from their homes into the chilling cold outside as soon as the earthquake started. Jammu and Kashmir also felt the tremors. People in the Kashmir region rushed to safety of the freezing cold outdoors after feeling the quake. An official of the Meteorological department in JK said that it would be premature to say whether there has been any loss of life or damage to property in the state due to the earthquake. "Right now, we cannot say whether any damage (to life or property) has taken place. Anything in this regard can be said after we have all the details," he said. (PTI photo)
Earthquake in New Zealand: Earthquake Minister Gerry Brownlee said he has not received reports of injuries or deaths and engineers were on the ground to assess any damage. "It's clearly not a state of civil emergency at the present time," he said. The quake today in New Zealand came close to the anniversary of the Feb. 22, 2011, magnitude-6.3 temblor that leveled much of the center of New Zealand's second largest city and killed 185 people. (Reuters)