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Mar 05, 2012 at 02:24pm IST

4.9 earthquake rocks Delhi-NCR, 5 injured

New Delhi: Minor tremors measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale shook New Delhi-NCR on Monday afternoon. The tremors were also felt in several areas of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

The epicentre of the quake was Bahadurgarh near Delhi-Haryana border. Office buildings in Gurgaon in Haryana were reportedly told to evacuate following the medium intensity quake.

The tremors were reportedly felt for 15-20 seconds.

Five people were reportedly injured in Uklana in Haryana, while some buildings suffered damage in Hisar.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) chief Prakash Mishra, however, said its forces were ready to deal with any emergency. "We have no information of any incident in Delhi as of now. People are ready in case it is required."

The fire brigade and police too said they had not received any immediate calls of casualty or damage.

The tremors were felt across Delhi and the adjoining satellite towns of Ghaziabad and Noida in Uttar Pradesh at a 1:11 pm. The quake took place nine km below the surface.

"The intensity was 4.9 and the epicentre was Bahadurgarh, Delhi-Haryana Border," a senior MeT official said.

According to the Seismic Zone Mapping done by the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Delhi is among 30 cities in the country falling in zone IV, which is defined as a severe intensity seismic zone. This is the third tremor in Delhi, which is among the 30 cities which fall in the high risk seismic zone, since September last year.

Tremors were felt in the capital on September 18 last year following an earthquake with an intensity of 6.8 on the Richter Scale having its epicentre near Sikkim-Nepal border.

On September 8 last year, an earthquake of 4.2 on Richter Scale with Haryana's Sonepat as epicentre, had rocked the capital.

Map showing the epicentre of the earthquake

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