New Delhi: Multiple tremors on Tuesday shook north India, Gujarat, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha, leaving a child dead in a mudsling and pulling panic-stricken people out of their homes and offices. According to reports, a massive earthquake measuring 7.5 on Richter Scale rocked Iran even as tremors were felt in Pakistan.
    
The quake took place 33 km down the surface. The tremors were felt in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana and people were seen rushing out of high-rises in the national capital.

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"I was inside my office in Connaught Place. I felt the chair trembling and rushed out of office," Priya Dev, a chartered accountant in Delhi, said.

There were no immediate reports of any damage or casualty. However, a 8-year-old child was killed in Assam.

RAJASTHAN

Mild tremors were felt in parts of Rajasthan but there is no initial report of any loss. "There are reports of tremors from different parts of the state though initially there is no report of loss to life or property," police control room in Jaipur said.
    
GUJARAT


Western, central and southern parts of Gujarat also felt the tremors. "There are no immediate reports of damage," Birju patel, deputy director of the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority, said.

NORTHEAST, ODISHA

Earlier in the day, a moderate quake shook Arunachal Pradesh. The tremors measuring 5 on the Richter Scale was recorded at 2:04 pm with epicenter on India (Arunachal Pradesh)-China border. An eight-year-old child was killed in a mudslide in Assam, which was rocked twice today and was also felt in other Northeastern states and Odisha.
   
DELHI


Delhiites had moments of horror after the tremors jolted the national capital. Mild tremors shook the national capital and its adjoining satellite towns on Tuesday afternoon, MeT officials said. There was no immediate report of any loss of life or damage to property.  The tremors lasted a few seconds. Soon after the quake, people rushed out of high rises.

The fire brigade and police said they have not received any immediate calls of casualty or damage. According to the Seismic Zone Mapping done by the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Delhi is among 30 cities in the country falling in zone IV, which is defined as a severe intensity seismic zone.

The last time Delhi experienced tremors was on June 19 last year. A quake, measuring 3.8 on the Richter Scale and epicentred at Jhajjar in Haryana, was felt in the capital that day. On March five last year, an earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter Scale with Haryana's Bahadurgarh as epicenter shooks parts of the capital.
    

INDIA’S NUKE PLANTS UNAFFECTED: NPCIL

Nuclear plants in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan remained unaffected by the earthquake that hit the Pakistan-Iran border region, impact of which was widely felt in northwest India.
    
"All our plants in the northern and western region remained unaffected by the earthquake," Nalinish Nagaich, Executive Director, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) said.
   
He said all the five nuclear power units at Rawatbhata in Rajasthan, two in Kakrapar, Gujarat functioned normally when the 7.8 magnitude temblor struck the Pakistan-Iran border region.
    
Unit-II of the Narora Atomic Power Station (NAPS) in Uttar Pradesh, which is operating at 162 MWe, also remained unaffected, he said.
 
NCPIL officials said NAPS Unit-II was not functioning since it was shutdown due to grid disturbances on April 9. Tarapur Atomic Power Station Unit-II is shutdown for refuelling, while Unit-III is under biannual maintenance.
    
NPCIL, India's sole nuclear plant operator, runs 19 nuclear power plants across six sites in the country.
    
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Earth Sciences said the temblor came under the category of 'Great earthquake' and was also widely felt in parts of north-western India.
    
"No significant aftershock activity is reported so far. No major damage is expected in India due to this earthquake," said a statement issued by the ministry.

PAKISTAN: ATLEAST 12 KILLED

At least 12 people, including three children, were killed and several others injured when buildings collapsed in Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan on Tuesday.
The twelve deaths were recorded in the remote Panjgur and Kharan districts of Balochistan, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

IRAN: ATLEAST 40 KILLED

Iranian state TV says at least 40 people were killed near the Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday.
The quake struck less than a week after a 6.1 magnitude quake hit near Bushehr, on Iran's Persian Gulf coast, killing at least 37 people.

(JPN/Agencies)

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