In a series of seismic events, Nepal was struck by four significant earthquakes within an hour, causing strong tremors in various parts of North India. The most powerful quake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, had its epicenter 206 kilometers southeast of Joshimath in Uttarakhand and 284 kilometers north of Lucknow. This quake was swiftly followed by a 4.6 magnitude temblor, a 3.8 magnitude aftershock, and a 3.1 magnitude tremor, all occurring within 25 minutes of each other, around 3:19 PM IST.
The initial earthquake, with a magnitude of 4.6, struck at 2:25 PM IST. In addition to these events, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake rattled Arunachal Pradesh at 3:27 PM IST, and a 3.3 magnitude disturbance was recorded in Uttarakhand shortly after.
The tremors were notably felt in Delhi, causing panic among residents who evacuated office buildings and homes. Social media platforms were inundated with videos of people rushing to open areas. In response, the Delhi Police issued a statement urging citizens to evacuate buildings but avoid using elevators. They also provided the emergency contact number 112 for assistance.
The earthquake’s impact extended to 30 districts in Uttar Pradesh, including major cities like Lucknow, Hapur, and Amroha. Additionally, some districts along the Nepal border reported feeling the tremors.
Tremors were also reported in parts of Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and other regions in North India. Fortunately, there have been no reports of damage, injuries, or fatalities from Nepal as of now.
This seismic activity comes shortly after a 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook Meghalaya on Monday at 6:15 PM IST. The earthquake’s epicenter was identified in the North Garo Hills, just three kilometers from the district headquarters in Resubelpara.
Nepal, situated in one of the world’s most active tectonic zones (Seismic Zone IV and V), remains highly susceptible to earthquakes. In April 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal claimed the lives of over 8,000 people and left more than 21,000 injured.