3.4-magnitude quake hits Delhi, adjoining areas, no damage reported

The epicentre of the earthquake was near Wazirpur in northeast Delhi, said an official at the NCS

The Himalayan and the Hindukush mountain ranges are prone to quakes | Representational image: iStock

Mild tremors were felt in parts of the national capital and its adjoining areas on Sunday (May 10) afternoon. The earthquake, a third in less than a month, was of 3.4 magnitude, according to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS).

The quake occurred at 1.45 pm, but no damage has been reported as of yet. The epicentre of the earthquake was near Wazirpur in northeast Delhi, said JL Gautam, head (operations) at the NCS, an institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

The same location and nearby areas were the epicentre of the earthquakes on April 12 and 13 of magnitude 3.5 and 2.7, respectively. The quake occurred at a depth of five kilometres.  Of the five seismic zones, Delhi falls under the fourth zone.

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An earthquake of magnitude 2.8 had hit the national capital in 2004. Another quake of magnitude 3.4 was recorded in the city in 2001, according to official data.

The major quakes recorded near the national capital were at Bulandshahr of magnitude 6.7 on October 10, 1956, and at Mordabad of magnitude 5.8 on August 15, 1966. Both are in western Uttar Pradesh.

(With inputs from agencies)

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