The highintensity earthquake epicentred in Nepal shook the Capital and adjoining NCR areas too this morning, prompting people to rush out of offices and homes and leading to restriction of metro services.
A senior Met department official said, "Delhi felt a tremor of 5 on the Richter scale, with the epicentre of the earthquake in Nepal. An aftershock of 6.6 on the Richter scale hit the city.The quake lasted for about a minute."
Anticpating more aftershocks, the Meterological department has sounded a 48-hour alert in the Capital. No loss of life or property damage was reported in any part of the city. According to a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official, services were not suspended but were put on restricted mode by slowing the speed of the metro trains, causing a little delay in services.
"As a precautionary measure we restricted the services by slowing the speed of the trains. Services are now normal," the official said. The DMRC claimed that so far they have not received any reports of damage or cracks in the metro lines. "We will carry out inspection to check if earthquake caused any damage to property," said the official.
Delhi police and fire department officials also said they have not received any complaints of damage or casualties. According to a senior government official, all emergency support functionaries, including police, civic agencies, hospitals and fire services have been alerted.
Some residents complained of mobile network congestion as they were trying to reach their friends and relatives soon after the earthquake. The National Disaster Management Authority has set up a control room in the wake of the earthquake with the telephone numbers Rs 01126701728, 011-26701729, +91 9868881801.