A magnitude 5.1 earthquake tremors hit parts of Uttarakhand Wednesday. Its effects were felt in parts of Northern India including Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, NCR at around 8.50 P.M.
Epicentre has been located to 34 km northwest of, a small town in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
Tremors were also felt in different parts of the country, magnitude 5.0 and epicenter 121 Km East of Dehradun, European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre has said.
There were no immediate reports of destruction or casualties.
Just weeks ago, National Centre for Seismology Director Dr. Vineet Gehlot had warned a major earthquake of magnitude 8 is due to hit Uttarakhand's Garhwal Himalaya which could afflict widespread damage in northern India.
There has been no major tremor reported in the region for the last 600 years, but as minor earthquakes being witnessed in this area are releasing a small amount of energy, a severe jolt is expected.
"Statistics indicate there is a possibility of a major earthquake in Uttarakhand in future. Reasons to believe so, no major earthquakehas struck region in past 500-700 years and energy required to build major earthquakes is accumulating since 100 years," Director of National Centre for Seismology Dr. Vineet Gehlot told ANI.
Dr. Gehlot further warned that the maximum damage would be in the lowlands. However, the scientists present at the event also said that the amount of loss due to the earthquake can be reduced by building tremor-resilient infrastructure along the hilly areas.
He added that a lot of precautions needed to be taken such as following safe building codes and sound planning to minimize the impact of earthquakes.