Moderate earthquake hits North India

An earthquake of 5.7 intensity on the Richter Scale hit North India on Monday evening.

Last Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 18:08 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: An earthquake of moderate intensity hit North India on Monday evening. According to the Indian Meteorological Department
the quake was of 5.7 magnitude on the Richter Scale. But there was no immediate report of any loss of life
or property

As per the Met department the epicentre was at the
Indo-Nepal border region. They said that the earthquake occurred at 5:02 pm.

The tremors were felt in the whole of North India including quake-prone
Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi and NCR.

In Uttarakhand the
quake was felt in Dehra Dun, Nainital, Almora, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh, Udhamsingh Nagar and
Chamoli and
other parts of the hill state.

Powerful quakes had hit Uttarkashi in 1991 and Chamoli
eight years later in then undivided Uttar Pradesh.

In Bahraich district, people came out of their houses
and offices in Nanpara and Rupadiya villages located on the
Indo-Nepal border.

Similar reports were received from districts
sharing the border with Nepal, including Siddharth Nagar,
Balrampur and Maharajganj.

The two units of Narora Atomic Power station in
Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh, which is located in the
seismic zone and around 450 km from the epicentre of the
quake, were safe.

The official`s remarks were reassuring as questions
were raised about the safety of Indian nuclear power plants
from effects of quake and tsunami in the wake of the nuclear
disaster in Japan.

With PTI Inputs