Mild earthquake strikes national capital with epicentre in west Delhi

A day after north India felt tremors of the strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake with the epicentre in Afghanistan, the National Centre for Seismology has recorded 2.7 magnitude earthquake in the national capital. The earthquake monitoring agency said that the epicentre of the quake was in west Delhi.

According to NCS, an earthquake of magnitude 2.7 occurred around 4.42pm. “Earthquake of Magnitude:2.7, Occurred on 22-03-2023, 16:42:35 IST, Lat: 28.66 & Long: 77.03, Depth: 5 Km ,Location: 17km WNW of New Delhi,” NCS tweeted.

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A powerful earthquake of 6.8-magnitude that struck Afghanistan’s remote Hindu Kush mountains had jolted north India, including the national capital, on Tuesday night and panicked locals came out on the streets as the tremors struck.


A Noida resident said he first noticed the dining table shaking. “Soon after we saw that the fans were also shaking. The earthquake was strong in terms of intensity and stayed for a longer period,” the resident of Hyde Park society in Noida told PTI.

Following the tremors, Delhi Fire Services received calls about tilted buildings and cracks appearing in buildings in Jamia Nagar, Kalkaji and Shahdara areas. “A PCR call regarding the tilting of a building due to the earthquake was received from the Shakarpur area. Police, PCR, Fire brigade and District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) reached the spot. Apparently, no crack or tilt was observed in the building. The caller said he called as he suspected a tilt,” said Delhi Police.

Meanwhile, the previous earthquake killed nine people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, reported news agency AP. Over 100 people were brought to hospitals in the Swat valley region of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in a state of shock, Bilal Faizi, a spokesman for Pakistan’s emergency services told AP.

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