Wednesday night, a medium strength earthquake shook Indian capital, Delhi. People were running out of their houses, but fortunately, quake caused only minor damage. The 11:30 p.m. Earthquake followed a bomb blast earlier in the day that killed 11 and injured more than 12 people outside the Delhi High Court. After initial reports put the tremor as high as magnitude 6.6 on the Richter scale, the Indian Meteorological Department confirmed that the quake reached a magnitude of 4.2, significant, but about 100 times less severe than originally thought.
Delhi is considered to be in Zone 4 of the Earthquake hazard map of India, and is therefore called a high risk of damage in the area. There were no major earthquake in the recent history of the city, although it has experienced the small vibrations of an earthquake in the rest of the country and Pakistan. Interestingly, the Hindustan Times reported on Wednesday warned that “Delhi less than thirty cities across the country will fall into the high seismic zone.”
Before the earthquake, gave the Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran, a report on the areas most vulnerable to potential earthquakes, list of Srinagar, as the city with the greatest risk. More than 50 percent in India is listed in the zone 5, which means that these areas are in the danger zone of high damage.
The deadliest earthquake in India in recent years occurred in 2001 in Gujarat. Over 20,000 people were killed and nearly 10 times as many were injured. About 20 people died in Pakistan, about 600 miles. The earthquake had a magnitude 7.7.