Thursday, 8 September 2011

breaking news earthquake in new delhi

An earthquake of low intensity jolted Delhi and its satellite towns late tonight, pulling panic-stricken people out of their homes.

The tremors, measuring 4.2 on Richter Scale with Haryana's Sonepat as epicentre, were felt across Delhi and its adjoining satellite towns of Ghaziabad and Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Gurgaon in Haryana at 11:28 pm.

The tremors were felt for less than ten seconds.

"The intensity was 4.2 and the epicentre was Sonepat," Shailesh Nayak, Secretary in Ministry of Earth Sciences, and IMD Director General Ajit Tyagi, told PTI.

The quake sent shivers among citizens who ran out of the high-rise buildings.

There were no immediate reports of any casualty.The fire brigade and police added they have not received any immediate calls of casualty or damage.

People also rushed out of their homes in Chandigarh and Sonepat. The tremor was felt very "sharp for some seconds" in Sonepat, witnesses said.

Meanwhile, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan mentioned about the tremor on his Twitter page.

"The blast in Delhi in the morning and just now a 6.6 earthquake in Delhi.....just spoke to my daughter, it was horrifying but all safe," Bachchan said.

"Hearts and prayers for those who lost loved ones earlier today in the blast... and I do hope there has been no casualties in the quake," he tweeted.


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