Recent Earthquake Sends Shockwaves Across Delhi-NCR and China
In a sudden turn of events, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck the Southern Xinjiang region of China on January 22, 2024, at 23:39 IST, sending shockwaves not only across China but also reaching the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR). This seismic event has garnered widespread attention, with significant consequences reported in its aftermath.
The Epicenter and Magnitude:
The earthquake’s epicenter was situated at Lat: 40.96, Long: 78.30, and at a depth of 80 km in Southern Xinjiang, China. The National Centre for Seismology promptly reported the incident on social media, emphasizing the magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale. The aftershocks, including a notable 5.3 magnitude tremor, added to the region’s woes.
Impact on Delhi-NCR:
The reverberations of the earthquake were felt far beyond the Chinese borders, reaching the Delhi-NCR region. Strong tremors were reported, causing alarm among residents. Several injuries were documented, and there were instances of house collapses along the Kyrgyzstan-Xinjiang border. The Xinjiang railway department took swift action, halting operations and stopping 27 trains in the wake of the quake.
Aftershocks and Chinese Response:
Chinese media reported 14 aftershocks, each registering a magnitude of 3.0 and above, near the epicenter in Wushi County, China’s northwestern region. The Chinese government responded promptly, with reports of injuries and collapsed houses triggering emergency measures. The Xinjiang railway’s temporary cessation of operations was a precautionary step to ensure passenger safety.
Global Seismic Activity:
This recent earthquake in China follows a series of seismic activities across the globe. Notably, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake jolted the Andaman and Nicobar Islands just two days prior to the Xinjiang incident. The Delhi-NCR region experienced seismic activity a week before the China quake, highlighting the Earth’s dynamic nature.
Seismic Events in Asia:
Apart from the China earthquake, seismic events have been a recurrent theme in Asia at the beginning of this year. Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush region witnessed a 6.0 magnitude earthquake, felt across Pakistan, including major cities like Peshawar, Lahore, and Islamabad. This sequence of events underscores the seismic vulnerability of the Asian continent.
Tsunami Scare in Japan:
The onset of the year also brought seismic events and a tsunami scare in Japan. A 7.6 magnitude earthquake in central Japan triggered initial tsunami waves, prompting warnings of waves up to 5 meters. Fortunately, no abnormalities were reported in nuclear plants, and residents were urged to move swiftly to higher ground.
The recent earthquake in China, with its ripple effects reaching Delhi-NCR, serves as a stark reminder of the Earth’s unpredictable nature. The global sequence of seismic events at the beginning of the year emphasizes the need for continued vigilance and preparedness. As affected regions work towards recovery, the seismic activity serves as a call to action for governments and communities to enhance their resilience in the face of natural disasters.