Mild quake jolts Delhi, adjoining areas

The epicentre of the 4.2-intensity quake was at Sonepat in Haryana.

hidden September 08, 2011 02:35:46 IST

New Delhi: A medium intensity jolted Delhi and its satellite towns late tonight, pulling panic-stricken people out of their homes.

The tremors, measuring 4.2 on Richter Scale with Haryana's Sonepat as epicentre, were felt across Delhi and its adjoining satellite towns of Ghaziabad and Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Gurgaon in Haryana at 11:28 pm.

Mild quake jolts Delhi adjoining areas

Connaught Place in New Delhi. Buddhika Weerasinghe/Reuters

The tremors were felt for less than 10 seconds.

"The intensity was 4.2 and the epicentre was Sonepat," Shailesh Nayak, Secretary in Ministry of Earth Sciences, and IMD Director General Ajit Tyagi, said.

The quake sent shivers among citizens who ran out of the high-rise buildings.

There were no immediate reports of any casualty. The fire brigade and police said they have not received any immediate calls of casualty or damage.

A report from Chandigarh said that tremors were felt in Panipat, Faridabad, Gurgaon among others towns of Haryana.

People rushed out of their homes in Chandigarh and Sonepat. The tremor was felt very "sharp for some seconds" in Sonepat, witnesses said.

Incidentally, the 4.2-intensity quake was epicentred at Sonepat, and fortunately no casualties are being reported so far.

Meanwhile, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan mentioned about the tremor on his Twitter page.

"The blast in Delhi in the morning and just now a 6.6 earthquake in Delhi.....just spoke to my daughter, it was horrifying but all safe," Bachchan said. It may be mentioned earlier the intensity was rumoured to be 6.6 without any official verification.

"Hearts and prayers for those who lost loved ones earlier today in the blast... and I do hope there has been no casualties in the quake," he tweeted.

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