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M4.7 Delhi Earthquake, 2007


26 November 2007


Delhi Metropolitan Area


23:12:17 UTC (04:42:17 IST)


28.550 N (PDE)


77.119 E (PDE)


010.0 kms (PDE)


Mb 4.7 (NEIC), 5.2 (GSR)

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A light (M4.0-M4.9 range termed as "light") earthquake was felt in the Delhi Metropolitan area as well as in adjoining parts of the states of Haryana, Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh on the morning of 26 November 2007 at 04:42 AM IST. It had a magnitude of Mb=4.7 and was felt in Delhi causing widespread panic as well as some minor damage in the region. The red star denotes the revised NEIC-PDE epicentre while the purple star shows the IMD epicentre.

This earthquake was centred (NEIC red star) 7.6 kms SW of Chanakyapuri (Delhi), India,
11.2 kms SSE of Paschim Vihar-Punjabi Bagh (Delhi), India,
13.4 kms SW of Connaught Place (Delhi), India,
13.7 kms SSW of Karol Bagh (Delhi), India,
14.1 kms NE of Gurgaon (Haryana), India,
kms SW of Shahdara (Delhi), India,
25.9 kms NW of Faridabad (Haryana), India,
32.1 kms WSW of Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh), India,
64.4 kms SE of Rohtak (Haryana), India,
75 kms SW of Meerut (Uttar Pradesh), India.

Tremors from this earthquake were felt strongly throughout the NCR and in parts of the adjoining states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh for 15-20 seconds. If you felt this earthquake please let us know. People were woken up the tremor in many parts of Delhi including at Ashok Vihar, Bhajanpura, Chanakyapuri, Civil Lines, Dilshad Gardens, Dwarka, Gautamnagar, Gole Market, Indirapuram, Jiya Serai, JNU, Katwaria Serai, Lajvanti Gardens, Lajpatnagar, Lakshmi Nagar, Lodhi Colony, Malviya Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Mehrauli, Moti Bagh, Munrika, Ohkla, Palam, Paschim Vihar, Patel Nagar, Rajouri Gardens Rohini, Sarita Vihar, South Extension, Vasant Enclave, Vasant Kunj and Vasundhara Enclave. There was no effect on the Delhi Metro that was not running at the time of the earthquake.

Tremors were also strongly felt in eastern Haryana. Buildings developed cracks at Balore while strong tremors were felt at Bahadurgarh, Charkhi Dadri, Jind, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hissar, Panipat, Rewari, Rohtak and Sonepat. Window panes were broken at Rewari while it was widely felt in Gurgaon including at DFL, Jaikampuri, Miyawali Colony, Old Railway Road, Omnagar, Patel, Malibu Town, Nagar, Rajiv Nagar, Sadr Bazaar, Shivajinagar, Sector 2, Sector 5 and Sector 14. Power supply was also disrupted in Gurgaon temporarily. In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, minor damage was reported to buildings at Bagpat, Badaut, Meerut and Noida. Some buildings developed cracks in Sectors 32 and 71 in Noida. In Ghaziabad, people ran outdoors in panic while in Meerut, parked cars were seen shaking. Tremors were also felt at Bulandshahr, Faridabad, Govardhan and Mathura. Tremors were also experienced in adjacent parts of Rajasthan including at Alwar, Chirawa, Jaipur, Jhunjhunu, Kaman, Sikar and Sikri Patti. In Jaipur, it was felt in several parts of the city including at Amera, Jawaharnagar, M.D. Road and Shriji Ki Mori. 

This is one of the strongest earthquakes in the Delhi region since 2001 and the biggest since 1960. It is also the strongest earthquake to originate within or in the immediate vicinity of a city with a population over one million since the Mw=5.8 Jabalpur earthquake in 1997. Prior to this latest earthquake, the strongest local earthquakes to have originated within the Delhi metropolitan area since the 1960 Gurgaon earthquake was a Mb=4.3 earthquake in the Dwarka-Najafgarh area on 28 April 2001 that caused minor damage & widespread panic. The strongest known earthquakes in the Delhi region include the M6.0 Khurja-Bulandshahr earthquake on 10 October 1956, the M6.0 Gurgaon earthquake on 27 August 1960 and the Mb=5.6 Moradabad earthquake on 15 August 1966. Historically, the 15 July 1720 earthquake in the Delhi region caused the greatest damage in the city causing many deaths and widespread damage including knocking down large parts of the Shaharepanah (city wall) in Old Delhi from Kabuli Gate to Lal Darwaza and the battlements of the Fatehpuri Masjid.

National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, Colorado, U.S.A.
02) Geophysical Survey of the Russian Academy of Sciences (GSR), Obninsk, Russia.
3) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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