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Uttarakhand hit by 5.8 magnitude quake

DELHI:  An earthquake measuring 5.8 on Richter Scale struck Uttarakhand late on Monday.

According to National Seismological Bureau, the epicentre of the earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude on the Richter Scale was in Rudraprayag of Uttarakhand.

The earthquake struck at 10.33 pm and had its epicentre in Pipalkothi, northeast of Chamoli.

Scientists said the quake was shallow, with a depth of just 7 km, reports NDTV.

There were no immediate reports of any loss of life or damage to property.

2 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been rushed to Rudraprayag, the epicentre of the earthquake, according to the NDRF DG.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck Uttarakhand late on Monday.

Tremors were felt in Delhi and other parts of northern India – Chandigarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and parts of Uttar Pradesh.

The tremors lasted for nearly 30 seconds.

Uttarakhand, which falls in the Himalayan belt, is known for high seismic activities. “The depth of the quake was 33 km and it occurred at 10.33 PM,” said J L Gautam, Operations head at the National Seismological Bureau, a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences, reports The Indian Express.

Uttarakhand’s economy is largely dependent on tourism. Incidentally, the state is also scheduled to have state elections next week.

Rudraprayag superintendent of police Prahlad Meena told reporters, ”Everything is alright here and there is no information on any major damage as of now. There is also no confirmation about Rudraprayag being the epicentre. So far, there have been no distress calls from anywhere, ” reports The New Indian Express.

Out of the 13 districts in Uttarakhand, Chamoli and Bageshwar fall in a 100 per cent hyper-sensitive seismic zone. Five other districts including Dehradun, Champawat, Nainital, Uddhamsingh Nagar and Haridwar are 100 percent sensitive zones.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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