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Moderate quake hits north India
December 14, 2005 13:50 IST
Last Updated: December 14, 2005 19:46 IST
Several parts of north India, including Delhi, were rocked by a moderate intensity earthquake on Wednesday, triggering panic among people, but there were no reports of any damage or casualty.
Besides Delhi, the temblor at 12:39 pm, measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale was felt in Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.
The quake was epicentred in Badrinath area of Chamoli district in Uttaranchal, the Met Department said.
In Uttaranchal, the quake was felt in Chamoli, Uttarkashi and nearby areas of Garhwal and people ran out of houses and offices as window panes were broken. Mild tremors were felt in some parts of the state capital, Dehra Dun, also.
No loss of life and property was reported from Himachal Pradesh.
The Seismological Centre at Kangra said the major tremors lasted only four to five seconds, while the aftershocks were experienced for another 10 minutes.
Chandigarh also experienced tremors for a short while as hangings in various buildings, including ceiling fans and light chandeliers, shook.
This is the second temblor in Delhi in two days as it was rocked by a 6.8 magnitude quake epicentred in the Hindukush region of Afghanisthan Tuesday.