Natural Disasters

Tremors in Delhi-NCR again after fresh quake in Nepal

Earthquakes struck Nepal thrice this week on November 9,10 and 12

By Seema Prasad
Published: Saturday 12 November 2022

A screen grab of the map tweeted by the National Center for Seismology, New Delhi, showing the epicentre of the quake in Nepal on November 12A screen grab of the map tweeted by the National Center for Seismology, New Delhi, showing the epicentre of the quake in Nepal on November 12

An earthquake of magnitude of 5.4 occurred November 12, 2022 at 7.57 pm in Nepal, the National Center for Seismology (NCS), the nodal agency of the Government of India for monitoring earthquake activity in the country, said. Consequently, tremors were felt across the National Capital Region and Delhi simultaneously.

The Press of Trust of India reported that no casualties or immediate damage were reported. This is because, according to researchers at Michigan Tech, earthquakes ranging in intensity from 2.5 to 5.4 are often felt about 500,000 times a year worldwide but only cause little damage.


The NCS listed the extent and direction of the Nepal earthquake in India on Saturday night: 

  • 212 km southeast of Joshimath, Uttarakhand
  • 271 km north of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • 293 km north-northwest of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh
  • 297 km east-southeast of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
  • 302 km east-southeast of Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Earlier on November 12, another earthquake occurred in Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand at 4:25 pm at a magnitude of 3.4 with a depth of 5 km. The direction and extent of the afternoon quake were the following:

  • 202 km east of Kurukshetra, Haryana
  • 204 km northeast of Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  • 212 km northeast of New Delhi
  • 219 km northeast of Faridabad, Haryana
  • 227 km southeast of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Tremors from a Nepal earthquake were felt three times this week in India, especially the north. On November 9, a magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit the neighbouring country and on November 10, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake was felt.

For the Nepal earthquake on November 10, a preliminary report by the NIC said: “The epicentre lies in western Nepal which is 85 km southeast of Dharchula (Uttarakhand); 90 km east-southeast of Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand); 140 km northeast of Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh); 150 km east-southeast of Almora (Uttarakhand); 260 km north of Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh); 380 km east-southeast of Delhi and 450 km west-northwest of Kathmandu (Nepal).”

The preliminarily report on the catastrophe that had killed six people in Nepal November 10, added that: “The earthquake is felt from Vadodara in the west to Siliguri in eastern Uttar Pradesh to Vijayawada in the south.”

More than 260 felt reports due to this earthquake, have been received from Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and West Bengal through the NCS website and Mobile App having intensity Latitude (° E) 4 ranging from I to IV on Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) Scale, it added.

In another related development, an earthquake of magnitude 5.7 occurred at 10:31 pm near Charu village, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, November 11.

“The epicentre was 165 km north-northeast of Itanagar and 365 km northeast of Guwahati at 28.400 N and 94.40 E, at a shallow focal depth of 10 km,” the NCS said.

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