Uttarakhand shaken by 5.8 magnitude earthquake, tremors felt across North India

Uttarakhand shaken by 5.8 magnitude earthquake, tremors felt across North India

Northern India has been shaken by tremors on Monday night immediately after an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude on the Ritcher Scale struck Uttarakhand at 10:33 PM.

Epicentre of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake has been detected to be near the pilgrim town of Ukimath in the Rudraprayag district in the mountainous northern Indian state. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been dispatched to Rudraprayag for relief and rescue operations if needed.

Ukimath is around 97 km from Uttarakhand’s capital Dehradun and reports are that the earthquake tremors lasted less than 10 seconds but strong enough to force people to come out of their homes.

As of now, there is no news about any immediate loss of lives or properties from the earthquake.

Earthquake image

Earthquake representational image. Photo courtesy of Graphics Mouse/Freedigitalphotos.net

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “I pray for everyone’s safety & well-being.

“Spoke to officials & took stock of the situation in the wake of the earthquake felt in various parts of North India.”

Rajnath Singh, Indian Home Minister tweeted under the HMO India handle: “The MHA is closely monitoring the situation in earthquake hit Uttarakhand and other north Indian states where the tremors have been felt.

“The NDRF teams have been rushed from Ghaziabad to Uttarakhand to conduct rescue and relief operations, if the situation arises.”

The impact of the Uttarakhand earthquake left tremors that lasted over 30 seconds in Delhi, Punjab and other parts of North India as well as Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.

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