Three earthquakes jolted Jaipur and nearby areas early on Friday morning in an interval of 16 minutes. People heard blast-like sound and also got out of their apartments, single-storey and double-storey houses.
According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the first earthquake was witnessed at 4.09am which measured 4.4 on the Richter scale and a depth of 10km. People walked out of their houses and many went to the nearby parks in their respective colonies. “Everything was shaking. Also a blast-like sound was witnessed, “ said Hemant Chaudhary, a resident of Jhotwara. For many people, the first earthquake went unnoticed.
Before the people could get over their shellshock state, another earthquake was witnessed in Jaipur at 4.22am that was measured 3.1 on the Richter scale and a depth of 5km. For those who didn't notice the first earthquake, the second one jolted them out of bed, prompting them to walk out of their houses. A large number of people were seen on the roads, especially in Walled City areas including Chandpole Bazaar, Badi Chaupar, Johari Bazaar, and also the people living in multi-storey apartments decided to go on the ground floor and vacate their building.
As people decided to return back to their bedrooms, the third earthquake at 4.25am again jolted people in the Pink City. “I saw the recording of my CCTV installed towards the roadside. We also heard blast-like sounds. People in our locality could not sleep after the earthquake, fearing its recurrence. I have never witnessed three back-to-back earthquakes which had the epicentre Jaipur,” said Raj Bansal, a resident of Shyam Nagar. People called up their relatives to know their well-being and were updating their social media status and telling them they were safe. At the hospitals, those who were attending to their patients walked out of the lobby and other areas where they were sleeping. No loss of life or damage was reported in and around Jaipur, according to the control room. Tremors were also felt in the nearby districts including Sikar, Dausa, Alwar, Jhunjhunu and Bharatpur. Former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje said strong tremors were felt in Jaipur. "I hope you are all safe!" she tweeted.
Three back-to-back earthquakes jolt Jaipur in 16 minutes.
Geographically, Jaipur is not in a high-risk earthquake zone. Jaipur is located in Seismic Zone II, which is considered a low-risk zone for earthquakes.
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