Monday`s quake was 19th this year in India

Monday`s earthquake that shook the capital and certain areas in its neighbouring states of Haryana, Rajasthan and UP was the 19th tremor in the country this year.

Last Updated: Mar 05, 2012, 16:40 PM IST

New Delhi: Monday`s earthquake that shook the
capital and certain areas in its neighbouring states of
Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh was the 19th tremor in
the country this year so far and third in the past five days.

The tremor, measuring 4.9 on the Richter Scale with
Haryana`s Bahadurgarh as epicentre, shook Delhi and
neighbouring towns at 1:11 pm.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, this
was the 19th quake in the country this year so far and third
this month alone.

In January this year, there were 10 tremors which were
recorded in various parts of India. Six quakes measuring
between 5.0 to 3.6 on the Richter scale were felt in February.

Last year, there were 80 earthquakes in India, which
measured between 3.5 to 6.5 on the Richter scale. A majority
of these quakes occurred in the northern Indian regions of
Jammu and Kashmir, Harayana and Punjab.

"India has always been a zone which experiences a lot of
seismic activities since ancient times. We are continously
doing research in the seismology department," RS Dattatrayam,
a scientist with IMD`s Seismic Department, told PTI.

"Delhi will continue to experience these quakes and
termors as it falls on the junctures of faults and ridges,"
said Dattatrayam.

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.

This is the third tremor in Delhi, which is among the 30
cities which fall in the high risk seismic zone, since
September last year.

PTI