2.2 magnitude earthquake hits Delhi-NCR; no damage reported
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A low intensity earthquake struck Delhi-NCR at 11.28 on Friday morning, said the National Center for Seismology. However, no loss of life or any kind of damage has been reported so far.
As per the National Center for Seismology, epicentre was Pitampura in north Delhi.
"An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.2 on the Richter Scale hit 13 km north west of New Delhi today at 11:28 am," said National Center for Seismology, which works under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
This is second time less than a week when an earthquake has struck Delhi. On Sunday, a medium-intensity earthquake had struck Delhi. As per the NCS, the epicenter of that quake that hit the national capital at 1.45 pm was near Wazirpur in northeast Delhi.
The same location and the nearby areas were the epicentre of the earthquakes on April 12 and April 13 of magnitude 3.5 and 2.7, respectively. The quake occurred at a depth of five kilometres, the NCS said.
Of the five seismic zones, Delhi falls under the fourth zone.
According to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, seismicity around Delhi appears to be associated with a major geological structure, which is known as the Delhi-Hardwar Ridge.
It coincides with the extension of the Aravalli Mountain belt beneath the alluvial plains of the Ganga basin to the northeast of Delhi towards the Himalayan mountain.
Vineet Kumar Gahalaut, the Chief Scientist with the National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, said the region around Delhi is known for seismic activities.
“Areas adjoining Delhi witness smaller quakes every 10 days as it is on the Delhi-Aravalli fault line. Since they are in neighbouring areas and of small magnitudes, they don't garner much attention,” Gahalaut, a former Director of the NCS, said.
He said cities closer to Delhi like Alwar, Hisar, Sonepat, Ajmer have recorded seismic activities in the past.
(With PTI inputs)
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