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India feels tremors of Iran earthquake

Strong tremors rocked large parts of north India, including the national capital and its adjoining areas, on Tuesday evening, following a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the Pakistan-Iran border. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The quake, which was felt in Pakistan too leaving nine dead in the country, killed at least 100 people in Iran.

‘The epicentre of the quake was the Pakistan-Iran border and it measured 7.8 on the Richter scale,’ said an official of the India Meteorological Department.

‘The magnitude of the earthquake was too strong to create havoc in the city but luckily its epicentre was at Iran and Pakistan border which minimised the intensity,’ said a senior officer in Department of Seismology, Delhi Regional Meteorological Centre. ‘The earthquake was felt for four to five seconds in entire North India. The depth of the earthquake at the epicentre was 33 km,’ added the official.

The earthquake was also felt in Jaipur, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and other parts of North India.

While back in Delhi, strong tremors shook tall buildings in areas such as Nehru Place, Okhla Industrial Estate, Connaught Place and ITO where major tall buildings are located. The earthquake traumatised people in metro, offices, and also in their houses. ‘I hid myself under the office table and waited for the tremors to end,’ said Ritwika Nath, BPO employee at Nehru Place.

In trans-Yamuna areas, which falls in seismic zone four, the impact was felt quite violently in the tall multi-storied residential block. According to Srijana, living in Kaushambi on Delhi-UP border,  ‘Before I could react, it was all over but I could see the ceiling fan swinging dangerously and the photo frames on the walls have tilted.’
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