Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) felt strong tremors on Tuesday night for several seconds. Measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale, the epicentre of the earthquake is believed to be in an area 90 km from Afghanistan’s Kalafgan. Besides India, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan also felt the tremors.
In India, several people who felt the earthquake rushed out of their homes. Other than Delhi and NCR, different areas in Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Jammu and Kashmir also felt the quake.
Expectedly, as soon as the tremors were felt, many took to Twitter to ask if others felt an earthquake too. The questions soon changed to people sharing videos of different objects, especially fans and chandeliers, swinging due to the earthquake. A few also shared videos that show them gathering outside their houses.
“As we know that the Indo Australian plate is colliding with the Eurasian plate and this release happened in that region. The HKH region is very active seismologically. The reason why people in northwest India and Delhi felt is for relatively longer time is because of the depth. The depth of the fault is over 150 km so first primary waves were felt and then secondary waves. Aftershocks are likely now but they can’t be Forecast,” J L Gautam, head of office and Scientist at National Center for Seismology, said.
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