Delhi was jolted by a 2.1-magnitude earthquake today. According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the earth beneath the capital city and adjoining areas shook at 1 PM. The epicentre of the earthquake was at the Delhi-Gurgaon border, at a depth of 18 km, the NCS said. There were no reports of any loss of life or damage to property.
Delhi-NCR has recorded more than 14 earthquakes of both low and medium intensity. Today, the epicentre was rather close to the capital.
The Delhi-NCR belt, especially areas near Yamuna river, is situated on a fragile surface that comes under high-risk seismic zones. If an earthquake with a magnitude of close to 6 or little more than hits the region, it will have a devastating impact, geologists say.
The region has been witnessing a series of minor quakes in the past few weeks. On 3 June, a 3.0 magnitude quake hit 17 km east of Faridabad. A similar magnitude quake struck 14 km south-east of Rohtak on 1 June.
Today’s earthquake is the ninth to have hit the national capital region since 12 April. Before the June earthquakes, a quake of magnitude 2.2 on the Richter scale registered near North Delhi’s Rohini on 15 May. Between 12 April and 15 May, six earthquakes were recorded in and around the capital, with magnitudes as high as 3.5 and low as 2. The NCS shared this information with the media.
“These are minor earthquakes and their occurrence is normal. Earthquakes cannot be predicted, so it cannot be said that the frequency with which they have occurred over past month is unusual,” said JL Gautam, the head of operations at the NCS.
Further data available at the NCS show the occurrence of over 65 recorded earthquakes in the National Capital Region between May 2015 and March 2019.
Earthquakes ranging from magnitudes as low as 1.9 in December 2017 to 3.8 in February 2019 hit Delhi and nearby areas, with Noida and Gurugram recording six and 10 earthquakes respectively during this period.
The highest earthquake count was near Rohtak, Haryana with 31 quakes between May 2015 and March 2019.