A mild earthquake of magnitude 4.1 centred near Haryana’s Jhajjar was felt in New Delhi and surrounding areas Saturday evening. No casualties were reported. According to officials, the earthquake originated 10 km below the earth’s surface.
The strength and depth of the earthquake were characteristic of the quakes that have originated in this area in the past. Haryana is not a very quake-prone region. According to data on the US Geological Survey website, less than 20 quakes of 3.5 magnitude or more have originated in this area in the last 25 years.
But the state borders Uttarakhand and is very near to the Himalayan faultline, that is seismically one of the most active regions in the world. Like Delhi, Haryana has been placed under seismic zone IV.