4.2 magnitude earthquake in the New Delhi, India – Update 09/09/2011

Last update: September 9, 2011 at 7:43 am by By

Earthquake overview : After a long 30 minutes of receiving I Have Felt It reports from concerned New Delhi people we could finally report that a magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck close to New Delhi.
"I have Felt it" Reports –> see below + Let us know how you have felt this earthquake
To read the full story as it happened, we advise our readers to start at the lower part of the page (earthquake data).

Keep this page open or return regularly as we will be back with more details when they become available

Update 09/09 – 07:39 UTC : One woman was injured after falling and fracturing her hand in Delhi. Minor damage like broken plaster and cracks in walls, occurred in some parts of area.
In 2007, a magnitude 4.7 earthquake occurred in the Delhi region causing minor damage.
The strongest recent historical earthquakes in the Delhi region include the M 6.0 Khurja-Bulandshahr earthquake on 10 October 1956, the M 6.0 Gurgaon earthquake on 27 August 1960 and the M 5.6 Moradabad earthquake on 15 August 1966.
Historically, the 15 July 1720 earthquake in the Delhi region caused the greatest damage in the city causing many deaths and widespread damage including knocking down large parts of the city wall in Old Delhi from Kabuli Gate to Lal Darwaza.

Update 08/09 – 08:03 UTC : More I Have Felt It reports

Update 08/09 – 07:31 UTC : The map at right is showing the earthquake risk areas in Northern India. The Haryana area, New Delhi and the Sonipat epicenter are located in a low to medium risk area. The colors and scale at the right side are showing the "Peak Ground Acceleration (m/s²) with a 10% probability of exceeedance in 50 years. The areas to the north have far more risks on damaging and even catastrophic earthquakes as we have seen many times in the past.

Update 08/09 – 07:16 UTC : The Fire Department in Delhi said that they have not received any call for help. There are NO reports of even minor damage. At Earthquake-Report.com, we can confirm that earthquakes with magnitude 4 to 4.5 are very rarely generating damage. At the most cracks in walls and loose items falling on the ground. 

Update 08/09 – 07:10 UTC :The tremors were felt across North India, including Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

Update 21:49 UTC : There are still NO reports of damage or injuries so far.  Although we are not really expecting major damage from the shaking (the shaking lasted only about 10 seconds), we would not be surprised to see houses and buildings with cracks, shattered tiles, etc when daylight arrives in this very populated area with a lot of badly constructed brick houses..  So far however, no signs of any minor damage.

Update 21:48 UTC : Delhi is among thirty important cities in India that fall into high risk seismic zone while Srinagar is among places at very high risk of earthquakes, the government said.

Update 20:42 UTC : We have a crazy situation in India where a lot of press is still mentioning a cruel 6.6 magnitude value. 6.6 was a value which circulated shortly after the earthquake occurred. Even the Times of India (and we) were taking over this value (although we did not believe it as seismological agencies did not confirm it quickly enough)

Update 20:20 UTC : YouTube NDTV footage of the news

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Update 20:10 UTC : Scared studio personnel ! Takes only 7 seconds to watch !

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Update 19:58 UTC : More I Have Felt It reports

Update 19:41 UTC : As usual the location of the epicenter differ much from agency to agency. We mostly trust the local agency as they have their instruments closest to the epicenter.

Update 19:41 UTC : People in Delhi were terrified after having experienced a cruel bomb attack earlier today.

Update 19:39 UTC : The epicenter on the link in the data below is the epicenter following USGS (measured from very far away). This is the epicenter satellite map following the Indian Seismological agency: Click here
De depth following them is 8 km (USGS 10 km)

Update 19:36 UTC : There are NO reports of damage or injuries so far.

Update 19:34 UTC : The quake has sent shivers among citizens who ran out of the high-rise buildings.

Update 19:31 UTC : A lot new I Have Felt it reports

Update 19:08 UTC : We could finally fill in the earthquake data from this after all moderately dangerous earthquake. It was more like a scary experience than a real dangerous earthquake

Update 18:56 UTC : The epicenter of the earthquake was Sonipat at Delhi-Haryana border.

Update 18:51 UTC :Contrary to the reports from the Times of India, asc-india.org is reporting a magnitude 4.2 earthquake in the Delhi-Haryana region.
We have the impression at Earthquake-Report.com as the worldwide seismological agencies would pickup a 6.6 much faster than now.

Update 18:41 UTC : We quote an Indian press article : An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale shook Delhi and its outskirts at 11.30 pm on Wednesday night, the Met department said.

Update : we know only what readers have send us so far. Officially we know nothing yet.


"I Have Felt It" reports as received by Earthquake-Report.com
MMI values (if indicated) after the text (III: Weak shaking, IV Light shaking, V Moderate shaking, VI Strong shaking, VII Very Strong shaking)
Sonipat :  i felt that……it was around 11:30 PM.i was sitting on chair and suddenly it my chair started to shake…….
Delhi : windows and doors were shaking really bad, even a picture frame fell
Delhi : Yes, felt an earthquake in Delhi region moments ago..
Delhi : Light shaking of earth in delhi, india. Epicentre may be either in hindukush mountains, himalayas or gujarat
Delhi : It was very strong but for very less duration.
Delhi : Felt a gentle earthquake in Delhi. Time was about 11:30 pm. Gurgaon, Ghaziabad,Noida,Najafgarh seem to be affected
Delhi : though it was short-lived, for once i thought, i don't wanna right now.. my monitor was shaking.. hope everyone is safe..!! fingers crossed.
Delhi : It was about 2335hrs in New Delhi, India. I was working on the computer. I felt as if the table and the building (on 5th floor) was shaking.My wife also asked me whether i knocked the bathroom door.
Faridabad :i live in faridabad. i felt dat my bed is vibrating.
Gurgaon : Felt quite a shake, windows and doors were shaking. Went on for about 12 seconds.
Delhi : strong earthquake felt in NEW DELHI just at 11.38 pm (IST).
Delhi : a terrible shaking of the entire hostel building and the entire campus.
Delhi : We felt earthquake tremor tonight, 7-th of September around 23.30 IST in Delhi, India.
Noida : wasnt long enough but strong!
Delhi : I felt the earthquake at my home in new delhi at 11.28 PM , 7 September, 2011. The tremor felt quite strong and we rushed out in fear of an aftershock. The furniture also shook.
Delhi : 6th floor of hotel swayed for about 30 seconds.
Delhi : in delhi there was strong shaking possibly the epicentre may be in uttarpradesh. tremors were not felt in punjab and gujarat
Delhi : a brief duration of almost half a minute….of strong tremors…felt like could have more
Noida : I was sleeping and suddenly I was awoken by violent shaking of my bed. Right now I am very scared and don't know if there will be any aftershocks. If anyone else has felt this, please tell. Even the news has not mentioned anything yet.
Delhi : moderate to slightly strong shaking which lasted a short while of about 2 seconds at about 11:27 PM (IST)
Delhi : Just felt tremors about 10 minutes ago. I had to hold stuff on my television set.. to save them from falling Saved though..
Delhi : It was 5.8 magnitude as per NDTV news
Delhi : Felt the building shake for about 5-10 seconds
?? : at 11:27 i felt a shake for 3 seconds coming from south east side
Delhi : Around 2337 hours.  No damage apparent in vicinity (West Delhi area).
Noida : earthquake felt in Noida
Gurgaon : Based on the News reported by 2 Indian (Hindi) channels, namely Star News and Aaj Tak, I think it's safe to say that there has indeed been an earthquake, and that was not a figment of my imagination. The quake has been listed as 6.1 on the Richter scale. Though the epicenter has not been confirmed as yet, the media has targeted Uttarakhand as the main area of the quake. Let's hope this doesn't get worse, we JUST went through a bomblast not 12 hours ago. Cheers. SAV (ER – finally it was 4.3 or 4.2 depending on the agency)
Faridabad : 2335 IST – 1805 UTC, mild tremors felt, lasted upto 7-8 seconds, two continuous shocks, I was watching TV and was resting on bed, it shaked left right and was obvious that its a tremor – Location – Faridabad, Haryana (IN)
Delhi : epicenter was new delhi harayana border a place called 'KUNDLI' 4.2 on ritcher scale..
Delhi : Felt Strong shaking with a loud rumbling sound. Lasted about 10 to 15 secs. One wave only…..well so far!!!
Delhi : Oh! dear, the Govt agencies are sleeping while we are looking for info. India is blessed by God or else how can one survive while the Govt agencies sleep.
Delhi-Noida : We were woken by the shaking of the bed; 11:28 pm local time, India
Delhi : Bottle started shaking. Have been accounts of cracks and other small fissures at other places.
Jangpura : felt an earthquake in jangpura,delhi
Delhi : some time before earthquake i live in IIIrd floor – all people go down – i know 10 second
Nodia : im here in nodia .i was just watching a movie and @ 11:38 PM IST fell some one is pulling my bed , im sure it's wrost some here :( wish im wrong
Delhi : EVERYTHING started shaking. I was sitting on my bed, and everything started shaking for about five seconds. We were worried it was another bomb!
Delhi : Around 4.5 magnitude on richter scale. Epicentre was at Sonepat about 50 kms north of delhi. No reports of casualty. unusual for Delhi hence people came out of their homes. Panick high esp amongs those living in high rise buildings in and around delhi. Lasted about 5-7 seconds. With a loud noise. No after shocks. Left people shaken. – Brij
Delhi : There is a Earthquake in delhi… in late nigth at 11:26pm… i feel it in hari nagar location…
There is a Earthquake in delhi… in late nigth at 11:26pm… i feel it in hari nagar location…
Delhi : Its 5th earthquake of my life bt i never felt such a strong quake with a loud sound. One of my nebour got uncusious during this quake.
Anand Parvat : I am stand on mirror suddenly mirror and walls photos and watch shaked but it safe
Delhi : Felt vibrations of windows
New Delhi, JUCASSO HOTEL : During my trip at new Dehli, i was located in my hotel room working on my computer. Suddenly at 11:30 PM the building began budging for at least 10 seconds. I used to go downstair and found a lot of people in the street.  Benjamin MOUANDZA
Gurgaon : I WAS SITTING IN MY OFFICE WITH MY MANAGER ,HE WAS SCOLDING ME SUDDENLY ,I FELT LIKE I AM FLYING BECAUSE THE GROUND WAS SHAKING ,I WAS SO SCARED ,IT WAS SMALL BUT VERY STONG ,FIRST TIME I HAD A EXPERINCES LIKE THIS ,MY MAMAGER RAN AWAY SD I WILL NOT CALL YOU FOR A MEET AGAIN
Ghaziabad : I too felt the earthquake at 11:30 ..I dont know why it was along with aloud sound.felt as if something too heavy had fell down somewhere which caused this vibration.
Delhi : buildings shook with the feeling that somekind of a vibrator was attached to the base and the top end of the bauilding which is shaking the building and swaying the building like a twig swaying due to wind with a humming sound. At about 11:28 to 11:30 pm, 7th Sept,2011. G.Sarker,
Delhi : It was the strongest earthwuake i ever felt..i was scared that i rushed out of my house…
Gurgaon : Bed shook and window rattled for about 30 seconds. No damage


Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.3
UTC Time :  Wednesday, September 07, 2011 at 17:58:21 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Wednesday, September 07, 2011 at 11:28:21 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
Epicenter near Sonipat
42 km (26 miles) N (1°) from NEW DELHI, Delhi, India
46 km (29 miles) W (269°) from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
147 km (91 miles) NW (326°) from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map showing the epicenter and the surrounding area.
Historic earthquakes map
Seismic hazard map

Shaking map
Focal mechanism report
 

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I did feel it – Ik heb het gevoeld – Το έκανα αισθάνεται – Yo lo siento – 我的确感到了 – 私はそれを感じていました- Ich habe es gefühlt – Bunu hissediyorum yaptı – لم أشعر أنه

Comments

  1. Pallavi says:

    Bad shook and window rattled for about 30 seconds. No damage

  2. Hari says:

    I just went to sleep in my room and by the time i put step on the bed, my bed was shaking very much, for once i felt there is a ghost in my room but when i realize that everything is vibrating then i was out of the world and i thought that today may be this is a last moment of my life.
    overall i experienced this type of quake first time and my feelings are speechless.

  3. BINNY says:

    I WAS SITTING IN A MEETING ROOM ,MY MANAGER WAS SCOLDING ME SUDDENLY I FELT MY LEGS WERE NOT
    ON GROUND ,THE GROUND WAS SHAKING PROPERLLY ,,I AND MY MANAGER WAS VERY QUIT ,THINKING WHAT WAS HAPPING
    ,I WAS SCARED AS IT WAS MY FIRST EXPERIENCES WITH EARTHQUAKE ,MY MAMAGER TOLD ME OHH NO ITS A
    EARTHQUAKE AND HE RAN AWAY ,THEN IT WAS SLIENT AS I AM OKAY ,IT WAS SMALL BUT VERY HORRIBLE AND
    VERY STRONG EARTHQUAKE

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