Moderate earthquake in Northern India (greater New Delhi area)
Last update: March 5, 2012 at 8:41 am by By Armand Vervaeck and James Daniell
Earthquake overview : At 13:11 (1:11 PM), a moderate earthquake struck the greater New Delhi area.
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.8 to 5.2
UTC Time : Monday, March 05, 2012 at 07:41:06 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Monday, March 05, 2012 at 01:11:06 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 19.1 km
48 km (30 miles) WNW (296°) from NEW DELHI, Delhi, India
93 km (58 miles) WSW (257°) from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
Update 08:33 UTC
This is one of the strongest earthquakes in the Delhi region since 2007 and 2011 when a Mb=4.7 earthquake and ML=4.3 earthquakes respectively struck the region causing minor damage and widespread panic.
Update 08:28 UTC
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
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 according to ASC.
Delhi can also be subjected to shaking from large Himalayan Quakes.
Update 08:23 UTC
Reported shaking in our own site and in relevant other sites are showing a maximum light shaking near the epicenter and a weak to very weak shaking until several hundred km distance from the epicenter.
Update 08:18 UTC
Closest city to the epicenter is Sampla. The epicenter location calculation has always an error margin, but eventual damage (cracks in walls are possible) has to be searched in the direct vicinity of this location
Update 08:12 UTC
Earthquake-Report.com is calling this earthquake MODERATELY dangerous as minor damage and injuries cannot be excluded.
Update 08:00 UTC
Based on the data we are currently evaluating, the magnitude can be called moderate
– Preliminary reports are talking of a Magnitude of 4.8 to 5.2 at a depth of 10 km. This report has to be confirmed though
for more information and updates, go to: http://earthquake-report.com/2012/03/05/moderate-earthquake-in-northern-india-greater-new-delhi-area/