Massive Earthquake to strike Delhi in April: NASA warns about 9.1 magnitude quake | Here's the truth and safety tips

22 March 2018, 09:38 AM
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The news about Delhi to be hit by 9.1 magnitude earthquake has been doing the rounds for the past few days. The WhatsApp message says that the quake would hit the national capital between April 7th and April 15th.

The good news is that the message that is being circulated is written in wrong English and has mentioned fake NASA website link.

There is no such official information released by the space agency.

Attributing the information and warning to American space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the message warned that an earthquake measuring 9.1 on Richter scale would strike Delhi-NCR between April 7 and April 15.

The message said, “According to NASA, the biggest earthquake will hit Delhi soon. The Rector’s Scale is 9.1 or maybe 9.2. The date has not cleared yet but it may occur in Between 7th of April to 15th April. Loss of life has declared in Lacs.”

"The Centre of This Biggest rector’s scale earthquake would be Gurugram. This is the 2nd time in World’s History that huge loss of life and property has declared by NASA. This is biggest Earthquake may occure in Delhi NCR. Spread to all your relatives or friends who stay in Delhi NCR. This earthquake will be the largest as it covers the areas like In India ( Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, J&K to Tamilnadu, Rajasthan to Bihar. In Pakistan Rector’s Scale would be 4-4.2 maximum. If possible move at least for a week from Delhi NCR.  Govt will take action very soon on This to save life of People. For More Details www.nasaalert.com," says the message further.

Follow Earthquake Safety Tips:

 Indoors Safety tips:

 •    Stay calm! If you're indoors, stay inside.

 •    Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.

 •    Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes, move to the nearest safe place (i.e. under a desk or in an inside corner).

 •    Brace yourself on the side with the hinges to avoid the door swinging at you.

 •    Stay inside until shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.

 •    Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.

 •    DO NOT use the elevators, even if they are working. There may be aftershocks.

 If you are outdoors

 •    If you're outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall.

 •    Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.

 If in a moving vehicle

 •   Pull over to the side of the road and stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle.

 •  Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires. (Guide Note: an earthquake while you're driving feels like there's something wrong with your car. Don't stop in the middle of the freeway if traffic is still moving around you. Slow down and put on your turn signal to get to the side of the road. If everyone else is doing the same thing, it was most likely an earthquake.)

 •    Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.

 If trapped under debris

 •    Do not light a match.

 •    Do not move about or kick up dust.

 •    Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.

 •    Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

Do not panic! Stay calm and look for the best option to survive the quake

First Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 09:22 AM
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