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Earthquake of magnitude 5.8 in Uttarakhand; strong tremors felt across northern India

NEW DELHI, (TNN): An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter struck Uttarakhand late on Monday night. The quake caused tremors that were felt across northern India. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been rushed to Rudraprayag to conduct relief and rescue operations should the need arise.

A clear picture of the effect of the quake on the region is yet to emerge. The quake brought people out of their homes across Uttarakhand, as well as other cities across northern India.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) located the epicentre in the mountain state’s Rudraprayag District. However, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) and United States Geological Service (USGS) have located the epicentre close to Pipalkoti.

The MHA is closely monitoring the situation in earthquake hit Uttarakhand and other north Indian states where the tremors have been felt.

Tremors were reported from Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Agra and a number of other places in the region. The tremors were reported to have lasted over 30 seconds in some places.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked for a detailed report on the earthquake, and the situation is being closely monitored by the Centre.

Published Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 | 12:42 AM

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