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Earthquake with 2.1 magnitude hits Delhi

New Delhi: A low-intensity earthquake was reported in the national capital this afternoon.

According to National Center for Seismology, the earthquake measuring 2.1 hit Punjabi Bagh area of Delhi at 12:02 pm at a depth of 7 km from the surface.

There was no immediate report of any damage to life or property.

Delhi falls under the fourth of the five seismic zones. It is rare that Delhi has been the epicentre of an earthquake. The city, however, feels tremors when a quake occurs even as far as central Asia or in the Himalayan range, which is a high seismic zone.

In February, strong tremors were felt in Delhi and surrounding areas for several seconds after a powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck in Tajikistan – about 1,200 km from the national capital.

The major quakes recorded near the national capital were at Bulandshahr of magnitude 6.7 on October 10,1956, and at Mordabad of magnitude 5.8 on August 15, 1966. Both are in western Uttar Pradesh.