4.2 magnitude earthquake near Delhi, strong tremors felt

An earthquake, measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale, hit Delhi and the nearby regions, including Gurugram and Noida on Thursday night. The epicentre of the earthquake was Rajasthan’s Alwar.

The tremors prompted people to venture out of their homes in fear. No casualties or damage to properties have been reported so far. The tremors were felt in Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida, according to Skymet Weather. Earthquake tremors in Delhi NCR, Gurugram, Noida and Ghaziabad. The medium-intensity quake occured at 11:46 pm and was epicentred at Rajasthan’s Alwar, 48 km South-West of Haryana’s Gurugram, at a depth of 7.5 km from the surface.

Delhi, which lies close to a faultline, is susceptible to big earthquakes, geologists say. The city falls in seismic zone IV – a very high-risk zone. These recent earthquakes have triggered discussions on the possibility of increased seismicity around Delhi, and fears of an impending big earthquake sometime soon. None of these apprehensions has any scientific basis as rarely has Delhi been the epicentre of any earthquake. Delhi experiences tremors even when an earthquake occurs as far as in Central Asia or the Himalayan ranges, that are seismically the most active regions and because of large population and high density, an earthquake in Delhi sets an alarm.