An earthquake of magnitude 2.2 on the Richter scale was recorded on Friday, the 15th of May, in the morning near Rohini in North Delhi. According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), this earthquake was the sixth minor earthquake to have hit the capital city of Delhi in the past one month.
As reported by the Delhi Police, no damage to property or life has been reported in either of the six earthquakes. According to the officials of the National Centres for Seismology (NCS), earthquakes of less than magnitude five on the Richter scale and higher depth range are not likely to cause any considerable scale destruction, unless weak or compromised structures.
“These are minor earthquakes, and their occurrence is normal. Earthquakes cannot be predicted, so it cannot be said that the frequency with which they have occurred over the past month is unusual.”, said J L Gautam, the head of operations at the National Centre for Seismology (NCS).
“When several small earthquakes are recorded in a short period, a lot of energy is released, and then the possibility of a larger earthquake reduces. But the ones recorded in the past month are minor and would have released little energy. So, it cannot be said that there’s no possibility of a larger earthquake.”, further added J L Gautam, the head of operations at the NCS.
Referring to the data made available on the website of the National Centre for seismology (NCS), more than 65 earthquakes have been recorded in the National Capital Region (NCR) and its nearby areas from May 2015 to March 2019.
While 13 earthquakes, ranging from magnitudes as low as 1.9 in December 2017 to 3.8 in February 2019, had been recorded during the same period in Delhi and nearby areas. Six earthquakes had been recorded in Noida, while ten were recorded in Gurgaon during this period.
“There are periods of no activity sometimes, and then there are times of higher activity. This is normal, and such minor earthquakes are unlikely to cause damage,” said J L Gautam, the head of operations at the NCS.