Although Delhi is not located in a highly seismically active region, it is still susceptible to earthquakes due to its proximity to the seismic zones in the northern part of India. On Sunday today, mild earthquake tremors were felt in Delhi and its adjoining regions. However, there were no immediate reports of any injuries or casualties.
Delhi Gets Mild Earthquake Tremors
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 occurred on Sunday at about 10.19 am, 70 km southeast of Fayzabad in Afghanistan. That was the epicentre of the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border.
Not just in Delhi, there were tremors reported in Punjab and Haryana, additionally. Jammu and Kashmir noted a 4.9-magnitude earthquake. However, this is a developing story.
Even in March 2023, strong tremors jolted large swathes of north India, including Delhi-NCR as an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan. According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the epicentre of this earthquake was 133 km south-southeast of Fayzabad in Afghanistan with a focal depth of 156 km.
However, people in northwest India and Delhi felt the tremors for a relatively long time. Seismologists said the reason behind this was that the depth of the fault was more than 150 km.
Ofcourse, Netizens Took To Twitter To React
Twitter reactions to earthquakes are a snapshot. And this time too, the Internet’s ability to create and share memes gave a lighthearted perspective to this earthquake as well.
One of them wrote, “Me during an earthquake: holds onto the closest stable object My water bottle: ‘We’ve been through so much together!” Another wrote, “I asked my friend how he deals with earthquakes. He said he just goes with the flow.”
“Me during an earthquake: grabs a bag of chips Snacks, ready for the rumble!” – wrote another one. ” “Me: feels a tiny tremor Panic mode activated! My brain: Run, hide, and save the snacks!”. We will agree they were some hilarious ones!
— Sandeep Sharma (@nitrotoluene) May 28, 2023
Delhi falls under seismic zone IV, which is classified as a high-risk zone in terms of earthquake occurrence. The city is located in the Indo-Gangetic plains, which are known for their vulnerability to seismic activity. Given the potential risks, it is crucial for Delhi to be prepared for earthquakes.
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