New Delhi: An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 hit 63 km southwest of Gurugram district of Haryana on Friday. No casualties or damage to properties have been reported so far. Tremors were also felt in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Also Read - Coronavirus Cases in Delhi Cross 1.45 Lakh-mark, Kejriwal Says Situation Under Control | Top Developments
Earlier on June 26, a mild earthquake measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale hit close to Rohtak district in Haryana. According to the National Centre for Seismology, its epicentre was 17km east-southeast of Rohtak and the tremors were felt at 3.32 p.m. Also Read - 'Many From Outside Getting Tested Here': Delhi Health Minister on Rise in Capital's COVID-19 Cases
Since April 12, Delhi and its adjoining areas have felt 18 earthquakes, 8 of which have taken place in Rohtak district of Haryana. Also Read - Containment Zones in Delhi Dip to 293 | Check Full List
Atul Goyal, president of URJA, an umbrella body of resident welfare organisations in the city, had stated that Delhi falls in seismic zone IV – a very high-risk zone, following which several low-intensity earthquakes have jolted the city over the last two months.
Notably, India is divided into four seismic zones — II, III, IV and V — according to increasing intensity and frequency of earthquakes.
Here’s list of seismic zones in India:
|Zone-II (Low-Intensity Zone)||6 or less|
|Zone-III (Moderate Intensity Zone)||7|
|Zone-IV (Severe Intensity Zone)||8|
|Zone-V (Very Severe Intensity Zone)||9 or above|
Zone V: Northeastern states– especially Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Parts of Ladakh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, fall under Zone V.
Zone IV: Delhi, Punjab, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, remaining parts of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh come under Zone IV.
Zone III: West Bengal, Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Lakshadweep islands, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Major cities under these zones
Zone V: Guwahati, Srinagar
Zone IV: Jammu, Delhi, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Dehradun, Jamnagar, Patna Meerut
Zone III: Varanasi, Bareilly, Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, Ahmedabad, Vadodara,Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Greater Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Bhiwandi, Nashik, Mangalore, Kochi, Kozhikode, Trivandrum.