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Second in 10 days: Sikkim quake leaves Delhi shaken

Strong tremors were felt in North and Northeast India as an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit the Sikkim-Nepal border around 6.11pm on Sunday.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi |
September 19, 2011 1:46:29 am

Strong tremors were felt in North and Northeast India as an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit the Sikkim-Nepal border around 6.11pm on Sunday. The epicentre of the quake was traced to a location 60 km northwest of state capital Gangtok.

Tremors were also felt in Delhi,Patna,Kolkata,Lucknow,Jaipur,Jharkhand and Guwahati.

For Delhi,this is the second earthquake within a fortnight — the previous one,measuring 4.2 on Richter scale was on September 7.

Confirming the earthquake,an official of the Meteorological department said,“The epicentre of the earthquake was Sikkim. Since the magnitude of the quake was 6.8,the waves traveled far till New Delhi,Varanasi,Jaipur. People in many parts of Delhi felt the tremors for a few seconds.”

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Mandeep Singh,a resident of Lajpat Nagar,who was in his office at the time of the earthquake,said,“I was in my office and was talking to my wife on the phone when I saw the glass on my table shaking. I realised it is an earthquake and immediately asked my wife not to panic and to take the children out of the house. The tremors lasted for around seven seconds.”

Some people said they also felt the aftershocks.

Diksha Verma,a resident of Saini Enclave in East Delhi,said,“I was watching television with my family and the fan started shaking. My mother panicked and asked us all to run out of the house. First,we felt the tremors for five seconds and then it stopped. We felt more tremors a little later for another six seconds. All the people in my colony came out of their houses and we were out for the next half an hour after that.”

People who were driving stopped their cars as they felt the tremors. Navneet Misra,who was driving to RK Puram with his family,said,“I was driving when I felt the tremors. I immediately parked my car on the side of the road and came out as it is one of the most important precautions one should take. I saw other cars also stopping in the middle. The tremors lasted for around 10 seconds.”

The earthquake was also felt in some parts of Haryana,Chandigarh,Gwalior,Bhopal and some parts of Madhya Pradesh.

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