New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: An earthquake, measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale, hit Delhi and the nearby regions on Thursday night. The medium-intensity quake occured at 11:46 pm and was epicentred at Rajasthan's Alwar, 48 km South-West of Haryana's Gurugram, at a depth of 7.5 km from the surface.

The tremors, which were felt in the national capital, Noida Ghaziabad and Gurugram, were so strong that they forced people to rush out of their homes. However, there was no damage or loss of life was reported in the quake. 

Of the five seismic zones, Delhi falls under the fourth-highest zone, making it vulnerable to earthquakes. But it is rare that Delhi has been the epicentre of a quake. It, however, experiences tremors when a quake hits regions as far as central Asia or the Himalayan ranges, known to be a high-seismic zone.

An earthquake of magnitude 2.8 had hit the national capital in 2004. Another quake of magnitude 3.4 was recorded in the city in 2001.

The major quakes recorded near the national capital were in Bulandshahr (6.7M) on October 10, 1956, and in Moradabad (5.8M)on August 15, 1966. Both are in western Uttar Pradesh.

Over two dozen minor and medium-intensity earthquakes have hit the Delhi-NCR region this year, leaqding to apprehensions if it is a prelude to a big temblor, but experts say there is nothing unusual in this seismic activity.

Though it is not possible to predict quakes, a proper disaster management plan should be in place to deal with any emergency, they stressed.

The Delhi-NCR region is very peculiar with regard to seismic activities. It has several faultlines that generate earthquakes, but it also feels the impact of quakes that are epicentred as far as the Hindukush mountains in Afghanistan and even in Nepal. Delhi witnessed a major earthquake in 1720 measuring 6.5.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta