NEW DELHI: A moderate earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale tonight jolted Delhi, National Capital Region, Chennai and parts of eastern and northern India but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage to properties.
The quake struck 60 kms east of Paradip at a depth of 10 kms at 9.52 PM, said L S Rathore, Director General, India Meterological Department.
"The epicentre of the earthquake was in the Bay of Bengal with its coordinates being 18.1 degree north and 87.8 degree east, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale," said Ministry of Earth Science Secretary Shailesh Nayak.
A Chennai report said tremors were felt in parts of Nungambakkam, Porur and Triplicane where people rushed out of their homes.
Mild tremors were felt in Kaikaluru, Gudivada, Pamarru and some parts of #Vijayawada city on Wednesday night in Krishna district.— P.Laxma Reddy (@laxmareddyexp) May 21, 2014
Tremers felt in many parts of Chennai, Vizag, Bhubaneshwar. Delhi etc.,— Muruganandham (@ohmohmohm) May 21, 2014
Mild tremers felt in Triplicane, Adyar, Choolai, in Chennai— Muruganandham (@ohmohmohm) May 21, 2014
Dear Earthquake. I need a "sorry sabha" with you. I had meant "electoral" tremors.— Sumati Mehrishi (@mehrishisumati) May 21, 2014