Four slight intensity earthquakes in three hours shook the national capital in the early hours on Tuesday. The quakes measuring 2.5 to 3.3 on the Richter scale hit the city within a span of three hours, between 12.41am and 3.40am and the epicentre was in south Delhi. However there has been no report of casualties or damages of properties.
The first at 12:41 am had its epicentre near Sainik Farms area in south Delhi and happened at a depth of 10 km below the ground, the MET office said. It measured 3.1 on the Richter scale.
The second quake, 3.3 in intensity, shook Delhi and its satellite towns at 1:41 am. The epicentre of this quake and two others that followed lay further south – south-east of Manesar beyond Gurgaon in Haryana. The next two quakes, at 1:55 and 3:40 am were of 2.5 and 2.8 magnitude respectively.
“Since the depth of epicentre of the quake was just 10 to 11 km below the surface so people felt the tremors but there were no reports of damage,” said M Shashidhar Reddy, vice chairman of National Disaster Management Authority.
According to the fire department, they did not receive any report of damage in the city.
Many people ran out of their homes when the tremors shook buildings.
Experts described the quakes as mild tremors caused by a re-alignment in fault zones.