India, Uttarakhand

Earthquake of 5.8 magnitude hits Uttarakhand, northern India

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Uttarakhand, sending tremors across Delhi-NCR and several states of north and eastern India on late Monday night. The quake shook the buildings, rattled window panes with making people leaving  their homes.

The earthquake jolted the North India at 10:33 pm and tremors were felt for almost for 30 seconds. So far no loss of life or damage to property was reported, however some people are injured in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district, which was the epicenter of the quake.

“The depth of the quake was 33km and it occurred at 10.33 PM,” said JL Gautam, operations head at the National Seismological Bureau (NSB), a unit of ministry of earth sciences.

As per the US Geological Survey, the magnitude was 5.6. Uttarakhand, which is a part of Himalayan belt, is known for high seismic activities.

Significantly, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that he had spoken to officials and taken stock of the situation. “PMO is in touch with officials in Uttarakhand, which is the epicentre of the quake. I pray for everyone’s safety & well being,” he said.

Home minister Rajnath Singh had also asked for a detailed report and the NDRF has been put on alert.

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