Massive earthquake measuring 5.8 on Richter Scale jolts Delhi, NCR


A massive earthquake measuring 5.8 on Richter Scale jolted Delhi and NCR region at 2:38 PM today (January 24). According to reports, strong tremors were felt in Delhi, Noida and nearby areas.

According to National Center for Seismology, the epicentre of the quake was in Nepal. “Earthquake of Magnitude:5.8, Occurred on 24-01-2023, 14:28:31 IST, Lat: 29.41 & Long: 81.68, Depth: 10 Km ,Location: Nepal,” National Center for Seismology said in a tweet.

The depth of the epicentre of the quake was 10km. The earthquake was also felt in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand.

There has been no report of any damage so far but many people came out of their homes and offices. The tremors lasted for around 20-25 seconds.

Earthquakes are caused by the movement of the tectonic plates of the earth, which means that the outermost layer of the planet’s surface is shaking. When two blocks of the Earth’s surface move against each other, it causes an earthquake. 

The northern and northeastern regions of India experience frequent earthquakes because some parts of India and Nepal are placed on the boundary (fault zones) of two massive tectonic plates.


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