New Delhi: An earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale jolted Delhi and its neighbouring areas past midnight Monday, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.
"The earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale hit after 12.30 a.m (local time) here. The epicentre of the earthquake feels to be in the national capital territory. However, we are still analysing the data," the IMD official told IANS.
Another tremor of the similar intensity was felt within an hour.
"A light aftershock was recorded within an hour's time of the earthquake which hit NCR (national capital region) around 12.30 a.m. We are analysing the data, however, the epicentre is still not clear," the official added.
Four earthquakes rattle Delhi in three hours
National capital New Delhi was rattled by at least four earthquakes in a span of three hours early on Tuesday.
The first quake, measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale occurred at 12.41 a.m., the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
The IMD said the tremors lasted for three to four seconds.
The epicentre of the quake was centered near Sainik Farms area in South Delhi and happened at a depth of 10 kilometers below the ground.
The seond quake, 3.3 in intensity, followed an hour later at 1:41 a.m. and was felt in Delhi and its adjoining satellite towns of Noida and Ghaziabad.
The epicentre of this quake lay further south, centred south-east of Manesar beyond Gurgaon in Haryana.
The last two quakes measuring 2.5 and 2.8 on the Richter Scale occurred at 1.55 a.m. and 3.40 a.m. respectively.
Several people rushed out of their houses after the temblors struck.
"We felt the tremors at least four times in the night. We all came out. The children were scared," said a local resident.
Ramdhar, another resident, said: "I felt the tremors at around 2 a.m. I got scared. When I came out I saw a lot of people gathered outside."
Naresh, another resident, said: "I was sleeping and I felt the tremors suddenly. I came out and saw a lot of people outside."
Roshan Lal, another resident, said: "I felt the tremors at around 12.30 a.m. Then after that I felt them again at around 2 a.m. I rushed out of my dwelling.