Earthquake Jolts Uttarakhand, Tremors Rock Delhi, Himachal and Punjab


New Delhi: An earthquake of 5.8 magnitude struck Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand, causing tremors across North India, including capital Delhi.


Apart from Delhi, tremors were also felt in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The earthquake reportedly struck Rudraprayag at a depth of 10km at 10:33pm.

 The epicentre of the quake was Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand, said J L Gautam, Operations head at the National Seismological Bureau, a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences. “The depth of the quake was 33 km and it occurred at 10.33 PM,” he said.

Uttarakhand, which falls in the Himalayan belt, is known for high seismic activities.

There were no immediate reports of any loss of life or damage to property.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reportedly asked for a detailed report, while the NDRF said it had rushed two teams to Rudraprayag.

Tremors were felt across Punjab, Haryana and their common capital Chandigarh also after which many people rushed out of their homes.

People, especially those living in high-rise apartments and buildings, rushed to the ground floor.

Tremors were felt at various places in Haryana, including Gurugram, Faridabad, Rohtak, Ambala, Panchkula, Sonepat, Panipat and Karnal.

In Punjab, tremors were felt at many places, including Mohali, Patiala, Ropar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar. Meanwhile, people felt the tremors also in neighbouring Noida of Uttar Pradesh.