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Strong tremors felt in Delhi NCR as earthquake hits near Rohtak in Haryana

Earthquake in Delhi-NCR: The epicentre of the earthquake is near Rohtak in Haryana. There were no reports of damage to property yet. 



Earthquake in Delhi-NCR: An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 on the Richter scale hit Delhi Friday evening. Parts of New Delhi and its adjoining areas also felt strong tremors lasting seconds at around 9.10 pm.

The epicentre of the earthquake is near Rohtak in Haryana, according to the National Center for Seismology (NCS). There were no reports of damage to property yet.

As per NCS officials, earthquakes of less than 5 magnitude and higher depth range are unlikely to cause large-scale damage, unless in case of weak or compromised structures.

Earlier this month, an earthquake of magnitude 3.5 hit Delhi and its adjoining areas. The epicentre of the quake then was near Wazirpur in northeast Delhi.

On April 12, a similar medium intensity earthquake of magnitude 3.5 struck the national capital and tremors were felt in Noida and Ghaziabad as well. The tremors were felt for several seconds and many people rushed out of their homes.

According to data available on the NCS website, between May 2015 and March 2019, more than 65 earthquakes have been recorded in the National Capital Region (NCR) and its nearby areas.

While 13 earthquakes, ranging from magnitudes as low as 1.9 in December 2017 to 3.8 in February 2019, were recorded during this period in Delhi and nearby areas, Noida recorded six earthquakes and Gurgaon 10 during this period.

The highest count was near Rohtak, Haryana, which is a part of the NCR, with 31 earthquakes between May 2015 and March 2019. This region has also recorded higher magnitudes than in Delhi, the highest being 4.6 in September 2016 and June 2017.

Delhi lies on Zone IV of the seismic map of India. As per the NCS, Zones IV and V have high probability of earthquakes that can be destructive or worse.

(This is a developing story. More details awaited)

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