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 & Uttar Pradesh on the night of 7 September 2011
at 23:28 AM IST. It had a magnitude of ML=4.3 and was felt in
Delhi causing widespread panic as well as some minor damage in the
This earthquake was centred 1.4 kms S of Hastsal (Delhi), India,
3.7 kms W of Janakpuri (Delhi), India,
4.5 kms N of Dwarka (Delhi), India,
6.4 kms E of Najafgarh (Haryana), India,
17.5 kms NNE of Gurgaon (Haryana), India,
19.8 kms WNW of Lajpatnagar (Delhi), India,
23.5 kms WSW of Shahdara (Delhi), India,
27 kms W of NOIDA (Uttar Pradesh), India,
36 kms NW of Faridabad (Haryana), India,
40 kms WSW of Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh), India,
76 kms SW of Meerut (Uttar Pradesh), India
185 kms NNW of Agra (Uttar Pradesh), India.
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One woman was injured after falling and fracturing her
hand in Delhi.
Minor damage i.e.
broken plaster and cracks, occurred in some parts of Delhi. For
example, in the Civil Lines area, plaster was dislodged from
walls. This earthquake was strongly felt throughout Delhi and the National
Capital Region causing some panic. Following the earthquake,
incorrect media reports from an unknown source claiming the
earthquake had a magnitude of M6.6 added to the panic and
confusion. Many people were woken up and many went outdoors.
Outside Delhi, strong
tremors were felt at Gurgaon, Faridabad, Mawana, Sardhana and
Sonepat in Haryana and at Ghaziabad and NOIDA in Uttar Pradesh.
Elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, it was felt mildly
Agra, Bagpat, Bijnor, Bulandshahr, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and
Saharanpur. Tremors were also felt as far as Chandigarh, Dehra Dun
and unusually, in the Kashmir Valley. There have been no injuries or
fatalities as a result of this earthquake.
This is one of the
strongest earthquakes in the Delhi region since
2007 when a Mb=4.7 earthquake struck the
region causing minor damage and 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.
India Meteorological Department (IMD),
National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, Colorado,
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compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO
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