Monday, January 30th, 2023

Earthquake: Strong tremors of earthquake in Delhi-NCR, 5.8 measured intensity, Nepal being the center

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Earthquake tremors were felt in Delhi-NCR at 2.30 pm on Tuesday. It is being told that the tremors of the earthquake were felt for a long time. Its intensity has been measured at 5.8 on the Richter scale. This earthquake has been felt not only in Delhi-NCR but also in Rampur of Uttarakhand, UP.

According to the National Center for Seismology, the epicenter of the earthquake was Nepal, where a magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurred at 2.28 pm, which was felt in many areas of Delhi-NCR, Uttarakhand and UP. According to the information, the epicenter of the earthquake was 10 kilometers below the ground in Nepal. The tremors were so strong that people came out of their homes and offices.

How do earthquakes happen?

The main reason for the occurrence of earthquakes is the collision of plates inside the earth. There are seven plates inside the earth which keep on rotating continuously. When these plates collide at some point, a fault line zone is formed there and the corners of the surface are folded. Due to the cornering of the surface, pressure builds up there and the plates start breaking. Due to the breakdown of these plates, the energy inside finds a way to come out, due to which the earth shakes and we consider it as an earthquake.

earthquake intensity

Earthquakes with a magnitude of less than 2.0 on the Richter scale are classified as micro and cannot be felt. 8,000 earthquakes of micro category on the Richter scale are recorded daily worldwide. Similarly, earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.0 to 2.9 are kept in the minor category. 1,000 such earthquakes occur daily, we do not even normally feel it. Very light earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 to 3.9 are recorded 49,000 times in a year. They are felt but hardly cause any harm.

Light category earthquakes are 4.0 to 4.9 magnitude which are recorded on the Richter scale about 6,200 times in a year all over the world. These tremors are felt and household items are seen moving due to them. However, they cause little to no damage.

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