Mild earthquake rocks Okhla, no casualties
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Qaiser Khan/ Okhla Times Reporter
JAMIA NAGAR: A minor earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale rattled New Delhi, Okhla and its adjoining areas early Monday morning. Also, the tremor was felt in South-West Pakistan where its epicenter was. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the tremor was felt in Noida (UP), Faridabad and Gurgaon (both in Haryana). Till the filing of the report no major damage was reported.
The earthquake that struck at 1.53 A.M in New Delhi was noticed by only a few. Those who were watching the South Africa-India ODI clash were the first to report it. In Okhla area some cricket buffs, who were watching the end of the crucial match, were alarmed after feeling the mild tremor. A resident of Okhla, Aashu Choudhary, said the earthquake lasted for around one minute. “I was watching the match and suddenly everything started moving. It took me a few seconds to understand that it was an earthquake.” Mohd. Khalid, said: “At the time of the tremor I was sleeping but as my bed started shaking I realized that it was earthquake. I immediately jumped out of fear. As my flat is on the fourth floor I was more scared.”
Earthquake experts feel that Okhla and the regions near Okhla are more prone to earthquakes because of its positioning. The seismicity around Delhi is associated with a region commonly known as Delhi-Haridwar Ridge. It constitutes an important tectonic block between 28-30 degree north and 76-79 degree east with North east south west (NESW) trend. The eastern part of the ridge which is an extension of Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan extends up to Okhla and disappears below Yamuna. River Yamuna enters Delhi from the north and flows southward with an eastern bend near Okhla.
Many educated residents know this fact. They are deeply concerned about the safety of the locality in case of an earthquake. With most of the flats and buildings not following standard norms, the area is dangerous to live in. “The lanes are so narrow and we don’t have even a small park in our locality where we can flee in conditions of earthquake,” said Md. Masood.
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