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Published on : Tuesday, November 12, 2013
National capital New Delhi was rattled by at least four earthquakes in a span of a few hours early on Tuesday. Strong tremors were felt in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) after two earthquakes hit the city within an hour of each other.
As per the Indian Meterological Department (IMD), the earthquake measuring 3.1 at the Richter scale hit after 12.30 a.m (local time). The epicenter of the earthquake has been felt to be in the national capital territory. However, the officials are still analyzing the data. At local time 1:41 am, strong tremors were felt in Delhi and adjoining satellite cities Noida and Ghaziabad measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale. The epicentre of the quake was centered near Sainik Farms area in South Delhi and happened at a depth of 10 kilometres below the ground.
Hundreds of panicked people in Delhi and adjoining cities of Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad rushed out of their homes after the first quake and most were still out in the open when tremors were felt for the second time. Later two more quakes of 2.5 and 2.8 magnitude intensity followed at 1.55 and 3.40 am respectively. The tremors lasted for three to four seconds. Delhi lies in seismic zone 4. Twitter was also abuzz with activity on the Delhi earthquake.