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Sep 08, 2011 at 12:55am IST

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake hits Delhi, NCR; epicentre: Sonepat

New Delhi: An earthquake of medium intensity jolted New Delhi and NCR late on Wednesday night, pulling panic-stricken people out of their homes. The earthquake measured 4.2 on Richter scale according to the Meteorological Department.

"The intensity was 4.2 and the epicentre was Sonepat," Shailesh Nayak, Secretary in Ministry of Earth Sciences, and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Ajit Tyagi, said.

The epicentre of Wednesday night quake Sonepat is about 35 kilometres from New Delhi.

The tremors were felt in Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Noida as well around 11:30 pm. Tremors were also felt in Kashmir Valley and Uttrakhand.

The tremors were felt for less than ten seconds. New Delhi falls in seismic zone III.

The quake sent shivers among citizens who ran out of the high-rise buildings. There were no immediate reports of any casualty.

Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences said, "Epicentre is very near and that's why tremors were felt very strong. magnitude 4.2 is not a very strong intensity and is not likely to cause any damage."

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

Strong aftershocks are highly unlikely after the Wednesday night quake, said the Met Department.

And the Met Department also said there is no need to panic.

The map below shows the location of the epicentre, marked with an 'A'.

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