Residents run helter-skelter after tremors felt in Delhi-NCR

New Delhi: Strong tremors were felt in parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) yesterday triggering a sense of panic among people, many of whom rushed out of their homes for safety.

“The earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale at a depth of 190 km hit Hindu Kush mountain range at 3:58 pm,” said J L Gautam, Operations Head of National Centre for Seismology.

Delhi Fire Department and police officials said control rooms have not received any calls reporting major damage or collapse of any buildings.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who was in Delhi Secretariat when the tremors were felt tweeted, “earthquake!!! It was really scary! I could see plants and furniture shaking at 6th floor office of Delhi secretariat.
Wish all is well”. Delhi Metro services were affected for a brief period in the wake of the tremor and resumed later. “Service were halted briefly after the quake but we resumed operations soon after,” a Delhi Metro official said.

J&K jolted
Tremors from the earthquake in the Hindu Kush also the shook the Valley, triggering panic among the residents and leading to power outage at many places here. The tremor struck the Valley at around 3:59 pm as people ran out of homes for safety, officials said. The state had suffered a major quake in 2005, which devastated several border areas in the Valley.

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