New Delhi: An earthquake of 5.8 magnitude hit Uttarakhand on Monday night. Strong vibrations were felt in national capital Delhi and neighbouring Gurgaon, Punjab, Uttarakhand and other parts of north India. Earthquakes were reported as far away as Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. No major damage to property or loss of life was reported so far.
The earthquake struck at 10.33 pm and had its epicentre near Ukimath in Rudraprayag district of the hill state, where assembly elections are scheduled to be held next week. Scientists stated the earthquake was shallow, with a depth of just 7 kilometres.
Ukhimath is about 97 km from state capital Dehradun, where strong tremors were reported. They lasted for about 7 to 10 seconds and people were seen rushing out of their homes.
“We felt strong tremors here. The reports that we are getting from the hills also tell us that there were tremors there. No casualties are reported yet,” Ramesh Pokhriyal, BJP lawmaker from Hardwar and former Uttarakhand chief minister expressed to the source.
“There has so far there has been no loss of life or property,” Sanjay Gunjyal, a top Uttarakhand police official told to the source that Chief Minister Harish Rawat has directed senior officials to immediately determine the impact of the earthquake and start relief operations wherever needed. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF have been rushed to Rudraprayag.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted that his office is in touch with officers in Uttarakhand. “I pray for everyone’s safety & well-being,” PM Modi tweeted, adding, “Spoke to officers & took stock of the situation in the wake of the earthquake felt in several parts of North India.”
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has enquired for a detailed report on the earthquake and its impact.
“Reverberations may recur on Tuesday as well but will be of very low intensity. These reverberations will be strong in the areas close to the epicentre in Uttarakhand.