Earthquake of magnitude 5.8 jolts Uttarakhand, strong tremors felt across northern India

Soon after the quake, two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been rushed to Rudraprayag to conduct relief and rescue operations.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.8 jolts Uttarakhand, strong tremors felt across northern India

An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude shook northern India on Monday night at 10.33 pm and strong tremors that lasted for around 30 seconds were felt across northern India.

The epicenter of the earthquake, originated about 15 km below earth's surface, was recorded near Beron Basti Haat Road in Rudraprayag district, about 60 km north of Uttarakhand's Srinagar and 130 km northeast of state capital Dehradun.


Soon after the quake, two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been rushed to Rudraprayag to conduct relief and rescue operations.

There were no immediate reports of damage to life or property. The tremors were felt strongly in Delhi and the NCR.

“The tremors felt in Delhi seemed much more than what is expected for a 5.8-magnitude quake, which is a moderate intensity earthquake. As of now, it is difficult to say why it was felt so strongly or whether it was indeed more than expected. We are still studying the characteristics of the quake,” Vineet Gehlot of the National Centre of Seismology said, according to an
Indian Express
report.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, soon after the quake said in multiple tweets: “Spoke to officials & took stock of the situation in the wake of the earthquake felt in various parts of North India. PMO is in touch with officials in Uttarakhand, which is the epicentre of the quake. I pray for everyone’s safety & wellbeing.”

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat also contacted disaster management centre at the state secretariat in Dehradun around midnight to take stock of the situation.

According to the report, a slight damage due to the quake can upset electoral activities and poll preparations in the state, which votes on February 15. Many booths near Ukhimath in Rudraprayag district are in remote areas, several of them snow-bound.