NEW DELHI: Strong tremors jolted parts of north India
sending shock waves across Delhi-NCR at 10.17pm on Tuesday as an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan.
The tremors lasting about 30 seconds forced panic-stricken people to rush out of buildings and take refuge in open areas as fears of a “big earthquake” hitting the Indian Himalayan region, as forecast by experts, were revived. There was no immediate report of any loss of life or property.
Massive tremors jolt Delhi-NCR
The fire department received a complaint regarding a building tilting in east Delhi’s Shakarpur area but it turned out to be a “goodwill call made by cautious neighbours”.
Strong earthquake tremors jolt Delhi-NCR
<p>Strong earthquake tremors were felt in Delhi-NCR forcing residents to flee homes.</p>
<p>Strong tremors jolted parts of north India, including Delhi-NCR, on Tuesday night as an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan.</p><br /><br />
<p>People rushed out of homes as the quake jolted Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.<br /><br /></p>
People gather outside their homes in Noida after tremors were felt due to the earthquake.
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<p>People rush out of their house in Khan Market in Delhi.</p>
People gather outside homes in Srinagar after tremors were felt.
<p>People gather near a market in Sector 62 of Noida after strong tremors were felt in the NCR region.</p>
<p>A resident of Shipra Suncity said that she was lying on the bed with her two children age when the bed started shaking.</p>
<p>Residents feel the administration should arrange drills for ‘how to face earthquake’ as they know if any worst condition arises.</p>
<p>A Noida resident said that this was possibly the first time that such strong tremors were felt in the NCR region. The chandeliers and fans were shaking. </p>
<p>Delhi Fire Services said that calls regarding tilted buildings and cracks appearing in buildings were received from Jamia Nagar, Kalkaji and Shahdara areas.<br /></p>
<p>Many of residents of the buildings came to the common ground area. People were checking their phones constantly for updates.<br /><br /><br /></p>
<p>Meanwhile, no building in Shakarpur area was found tilted. An initial call was given by some of the neighbours. The occupants of the building were not aware of the call, said Fire Director Atul Garg<br /></p>
<p>Residents of Khan Market rush out of their houses as strong tremors of the earthquake were felt.<br /></p>
Officials at National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said that the depth of the earthquake was 156km. According to J L Gautam of NCS, the reason that strong tremors were felt in Delhi-NCR was because of the great depth of the quake. “Quakes last for a very short period. So, if you live in a highrise, rather than attempting to access an open area, take refuge under a table or sit next to beams,” he said.
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