Moderate intensity earthquake hits northern India; PM Modi takes stock of situation
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 07-Feb-2017

New Delhi, February 7: As soon as the moderate intensity of earthquake hits Delhi and other parts of northern India on Monday night, Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh immediately spoke to the officials and took stock of the situations. The NDRF teams have been rushed from Ghaziabad to Uttarakhand to conduct rescue and relief operations and have been put on high alert.
Notably, the moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.8 on Richter scale hit Uttarakhand last night, with tremors also felt in Delhi and other parts of northern India. Tremors, which lasted for about 30 seconds, were also in Mussoriee, Pithoragarh, Mathura, Rishikesh, Shamli and Chandigarh. There were no immediate reports of damage to life or property.

Tremors were also felt across Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Noida In Uttar Pradesh after which many people rushed out of their homes. In Haryana, tremors were felt at many places including Gurugram, Faridabad, Rohtak, Ambala, Panchkula, Sonepat, Panipat and Karnal. In Punjab, tremors were felt at places like Mohali, Patiala, Ropar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar.

Embeded ObjectMeanwhile, the operations head at National Seismological Bureau JL Gautam said, the epicenter of the quake was Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand. He said the depth of the quake was 33 km and it occurred at 10:33 PM. Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that one person injured when a house partially collapsed. He said all departments in the state have been put on high alert.

Embeded ObjectPrime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation after the earthquake. In a tweet, PM Modi said Prime Minister's Office is in touch with officials in Uttarakhand. The Prime Minister also prayed for everyone's safety and wellbeing.

Embeded ObjectUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh has sought a detailed report on the earthquake. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been put on high alert to carry out relief operation and help the victim in case the need arises. In a tweet, Minister Singh said Home Ministry is closely monitoring the situation in Uttarakhand and other north Indian states.  He said NDRF teams have been rushed from Ghaziabad to Uttarakhand to conduct rescue and relief operations if the situation arises.

Embeded ObjectNDRF Director General RK Pachnanda said two NDRF teams, comprising about 90 personnel, have been rushed to Rudraprayag from their base in Ghaziabad. He further said that the preliminary reports received from the Uttarakhand government have not indicated any major damage but as a contingency measure, the relief and rescue teams are being mobilized. Pachnanda said that one more team has been put on standby and will be dispatched depending on the situation.

Importantly, Uttarakhand has already witnessed catastrophic floods and landslides, which killed over 5000 people in 2013. The four districts that were worst affected were during 2013 floods were Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh. The hilly state is scheduled to hold an Assembly election later this month.