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Earthquake strikes Delhi-NCR for the third time in a month

Earthquake in Delhi-NCR:: Parts of New Delhi and its adjoining areas felt tremors at around 1.45 pm today. The epicentre of the quake was near Wazirpur in northeast Delhi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 10, 2020 7:55:21 pm
Earthquake, delhi earthquake, Delhi earthquake: A quake of magnitude 3.5 was recorded 21 kilometres from New Delhi on Sunday afternoon. (File photo)

Earthquake in Delhi-NCR: An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 hit Delhi on Sunday, the third in less than a month, according to the National Center for Seismology. Parts of New Delhi and its adjoining areas also felt tremors at around 1.45 pm. There were no reports of damage to property, news agency PTI reported.

The epicentre of the quake was near Wazirpur in northeast Delhi, JL Gautam, Head (Operations) at the NCS, said. The same location and nearby areas were the epicentre of the earthquakes on April 12 and 13 of magnitude 3.5 and 2.7, respectively, PTI reported. The quake occurred at a depth of five kilometres.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted, saying he was praying for the safety of the people.

On April 12, a similar medium intensity earthquake of magnitude 3.5 struck the national capital and tremors were felt in Noida and Ghaziabad as well. The tremors were felt for several seconds and many people rushed out of their homes.

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, according to official data.

The major quakes recorded near the national capital were at Bulandshahr of magnitude 6.7 on October 10,1956, and at Mordabad of magnitude 5.8 on August 15, 1966. Both are in western Uttar Pradesh.

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