5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Uttarakhand

An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 shakes Northern India on Monday night, with tremors felt in Uttarakhand, Delhi as well as Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.

Northern India was struck with an earthquake of magnitude 5.8 on the Richter scale, with tremors felt across Uttarakhand, Delhi as well as adjoining areas such as Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.

Details About the Earthquake

The earthquake’s epicenter was near Beron Basti Haat Road in Rudraprayag district, which is around 60km north of Srinagar –Uttarakhand- and 130km northeast of Dehradun. The earthquake was around 15km deep and took place at around 10:33pm local time.

There were no immediate reports of fatal injuries nor property damage. However, strong tremors were felt in Delhi and the NCR.

According to Vineet Gehlot, from the National Centre of Seismology: “The tremors felt in Delhi seemed much more than what is expected for a 5.8-magnitude quake, which is a moderate intensity earthquake. As of now, it is difficult to say why it was felt so strongly or whether it was indeed more than expected. We are still studying the characteristics of the quake.”

The epicenter was also pretty close to Gaurikund, the base camp of Kedarnath shrine. Rudraprayag-based farmer Bhupendra Bhandari told The Indian Express: “There were strong tremors for around 10 seconds. We came out of our homes, but thankfully there was no damage.”

“We spoke with our friends near Gaurikund —- they also felt the tremors, but there was no damage.”

Responses to the Quake

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in multiple tweets:  “Spoke to officials & took stock of the situation in the wake of the earthquake felt in various parts of North India. PMO is in touch with officials in Uttarakhand, which is the epicentre of the quake. I pray for everyone’s safety & wellbeing.”

Uttarakhand Chief Minister will reportedly hold an emergency meeting with the state Chief secretary, Disaster Management Secretary and other senior officials to discuss the situation.



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