An earthquake,measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale,struck the city on Wednesday afternoon. The epicentre was Jammu-Himachal Pradesh border and tremors were felt across north India and in parts of Pakistan. Tricity residents rushed out of their homes and offices as it was felt for a few seconds around 12.30 pm. No loss of life or property was reported.
For the third time in the past fortnight,tremors were felt,and Chandigarh being in seismic zone IV,is highly prone to earthquakes.
Mayor Subhash Chawla,who was among those who came out of the Municipal Corporation building,said that he suddenly felt his chair rocking. Other officials and I immediately stepped out of the building,which is under construction, Chawla said.
A similar situation was witnessed at the UT Police Headquarters. Police personnel leaned against walls or came out of their offices,as a precautionary measure.
A reader at the district courts stated that he was writing something when he felt his pen shaking and realised that it was an earthquake. A Sector-49 resident said that she went out of the house when she felt the tremors and saw the fan in her room sway.
On April 24,a moderate earthquake had hit Afghanistan and its tremors were felt in various parts of north India.