Written by Express News Service | Amritsar, New Delhi, Srinagar |
February 13, 2021 2:16:44 am
Strong tremors have been felt across northern India, together with Delhi, as an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck southeastern Tajikistan on Friday. The epicentre was positioned 35 km west of the town of Murghab in Tajikistan, whose distance from Srinagar, as the crow flies, is lower than 500 km.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake originated virtually 92 km under the earth’s floor, enabling it to journey to giant distances. Strong tremors have been felt in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and even Delhi. Quakes originating in faraway locations are unlikely to trigger any harm, as they lose most of their damaging power on the way in which and develop into severely weakened.
The panic was aggravated when the National Centre of Seismology (NCS), the primary Indian company that screens earthquakes within the area, initially reported that the epicentre was close to Amritsar and the earthquake originated solely 10 km under the earth’s floor. That type of quake would have triggered large-scale devastation within the area. Such highly effective earthquakes usually are not identified to originate on this space. The NCS corrected its alert a couple of minutes later, however by that point, it had already been reported by the media.
Prone to quakes
The earthquake occured close to the Hindu Kush mountain area, which is among the many world hotspots for quakes with one of many main tectonic fault strains. USGS information exhibits that this southeastern nook of Tajikistan recorded no less than 14 earthquakes of magnitude 5 or extra within the final 5 years. Only one in all them, which struck in 2016, was stronger than the one famous on Friday. Tremors of those that originate deep down the floor are felt in India as properly, notably in Jammu and Kashmir.
In Kashmir, sturdy tremors have been felt with residents gathering on streets as the primary tremor was adopted by a second, lasting no less than 20 seconds.
However, no studies of any harm have been famous but. In some areas, the facility provide was disconnected however was restored inside minutes.
National Conference (NC) vp Omar Abdullah stated the tremors reminded the individuals of the 2005 quake in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Not since the earthquake of 2005 have the tremors in Srinagar been bad enough to force me out of the house. I grabbed a blanket & ran. I didn’t remember to take my phone & so was unable to tweet ‘earthquake’ while the damn ground was shaking,” he tweeted.
In Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tweeted, “No reports of any damage so far in Amritsar or other parts of Punjab… Top officials of @PunjabPoliceInd & local administration are keeping a close watch on the situation. Praying for everyone’s safety.”
With dense fog in Amritsar, residents who gathered exterior their houses after the tremors, didn’t wait lengthy for the aftershocks and shortly went inside.
“I was on the bed and preparing to go to sleep. Suddenly, I felt that my bed was moving and the ceiling fan was also shaking. The shocks were felt twice… I went out for some time. My neighbours had also come out,” stated Sorev Sharma, a resident of Amritsar.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who was just about interacting with college students of University of Chicago, was heard saying that his complete room was “shaking”.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal prayed for individuals’s security. According to the Delhi hearth division, no calls have been instantly acquired for assist.
Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra additionally tweeted concerning the tremors and prayed for the properly being of all.