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2.1 Magnitude Earthquake Occurs Near Delhi, 16th In 2 Months

2.1 Magnitude Earthquake Occurs Near Delhi, 16th In 2 Months

A 2.1 magnitude earthquake, too mild to be felt by most people, occurred near Delhi on Monday afternoon, according to the National Center for Seismology. The earthquake had its epicenter 13 km from Haryana’s Gurugram, the center said.

This is the sixth earthquake to have its epicenter around Gurugram-Rohtak over the last 10 days. And the 16th quake to be reported in Delhi’s neighborhood since April this year.

Most of these, however, were very mild and only recorded by seismographs.

The string of earthquakes or tremors have sparked concerns that a bigger quake could strike the national capital region. Seismologists say the increased frequency does not necessarily imply that a major one is coming but stress that monitoring them is key to being prepared. Unlike many other natural disasters, earthquakes cannot be predicted with any degree of certainty.

Delhi falls under the fourth-highest zone in India, making it vulnerable to earthquakes. But there haven’t been too many earthquakes which have its epicenter in the national capital. Delhi mostly experiences tremors when a quake hits regions as far as central Asia or the Himalayan ranges, known to be a high seismic zone.

News Source: HindustanTimes

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