6TH MINOR EARTHQUAKE IN A MONTH REPORTED IN DELHI.
According to data available on the NCS website, between May 2015 and March 2019, more than 65 earthquakes have been listed in the National Capital Region (NCR) and its convenient areas
An earthquake of magnitude 2.2 on the Richter hierarchy was recorded late Friday morning near North Delhi’s Rohini — the sixth “minor earthquake” to have influenced the national capital in the past one month, according to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS).
No harm to the property has been noted in either of the six earthquakes, according to the Delhi Police. As per NCS officials, earthquakes of smaller than 5 extents and higher depth range are controversial to effect large-scale damage, unless in the trial of weak or compromised structures.
J L Gautam, the head of operations at the NCS
Said. “These are minor earthquakes and their circumstance is normal. Earthquakes cannot be predicted, so it cannot be said that the regularity with which they have happen number the past month is unusual.”
“When a number of small earthquakes are reported in a short duration of time, a lot a number is broadcasted and then the likelihood of a bigger earthquake reduces. But the ones listed in the past month are minor and would have broadcasted little power. So it cannot be said that there’s no chance of a larger earthquake,” he added.
According to data available on the NCS website, between May 2015 and March 2019, more than 65 earthquakes have been recorded in the National Capital Region (NCR) and its nearby areas.
While 13 earthquakes, ranging from magnitudes as low as 1.9 in December 2017 to 3.8 in February 2019, were recorded during this period in Delhi and nearby areas, Noida recorded six earthquakes and Gurgaon 10 during this period.
The highest count was near Rohtak, Haryana, which is a part of the NCR, with 31 earthquakes between May 2015 and March 2019. This region has also recorded higher magnitudes than in Delhi, the highest being 4.6 in September 2016 and June 2017.
Delhi lies on Zone IV of the seismic map of India. As per the NCS, Zones IV and V have a high probability of earthquakes that can be destructive or worse.
Between April 12 and May 15 this year, six earthquakes have been recorded in and around the capital, with magnitudes as high as 3.5 and low as 2, as per the automatic monitoring of the NCS.
“There are periods of no activity sometimes and then there are times of higher activity. This is normal, and such minor earthquakes are unlikely to cause damage,” said Gautam.