Delhi citizens felt strong tremors due to an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude which struck Delhi, Punjab, and other regions close to the NCR. According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre was found to be 35 km west of Murghab, Tajikistan which is less than 500 km away from the capital of Jammu & Kashmir, Srinagar.

The earthquake was originated 92 km below the Earth’s surface due to which the tremors travelled a large distance. From Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab, to the national capital Delhi, citizens across Northern India felt the ground beneath them shaking. According to geological studies, the earthquakes that originate in faraway places do not usually cause much damage because they lose their destructive energy as it travels further and weakens eventually.

The National Centre of Seismology (NCS), the public Indian agency that keeps a check on earthquake activities in India reported that the epicentre was close to Punjab city Amritsar with the earthquake originating less than 10 km below earth’s surface. A quake of that nature would have been the cause of severe destruction in the region. The information caused panic for a few minutes but before the panic got widespread, the NCS corrected the alert.

So far, there haven’t been any reports of any kind of damage or destruction in lives or properties. However, some areas did report disconnected power supply. But to the people’s relief, the supply was restored within minutes of disconnection.

Omar Abdullah, National Conference Vice President tweeted saying the earthquake reminded the people of his region of the infamous 2005 Jammu and Kashmir earthquake.

He tweeted: “Not since the earthquake of 2005 have the tremors in Srinagar been bad enough to force me out of the house. I grabbed a blanket & ran. I didn’t remember to take my phone & so was unable to tweet ‘earthquake’ while the damn ground was shaking.”

The Jammu and Kashmir former Chief Minister was also caught in the frenzy of misinformation about the epicentre of the earthquake being in Amritsar and tweeted saying he hopes there is no major damage caused in the region.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was having a virtual interaction with the University of Chicago students when the tremors were felt. He too felt the tremors and was heard saying, “By the way, I think there’s an earthquake going on.” The congress leader chuckled and calmly continued his interaction.

964 Minor Earthquakes Recorded in India, 13 from NCR

The Ministry of Earth Sciences, which comes under the India Meteorological Department, has stated that 964 minor earthquakes with a magnitude of 3 or above were recorded in India. Among these, a total of 13 earthquakes were in the National Capital Region.

As the country was dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCR reported 4 minor earthquakes in the NCR between April and August 2020. According to the National Centre for Seismology, the geophysical survey of the region states that the National Capital region faces seismic dangers as it lies close to the Faultline.

Harsh Vardhan, who serves as the minister of Earth Sciences had informed the Lok Sabha that his ministry is contemplating the possibilities of taking a study on earthquake early-warning system. He said that the pilot study would be done in close collaboration with the United States Geological Survey.