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Earthquake jolts North India, Centre takes stock while NDRF put on high alert

On Monday night, a moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.8 on Richter Scale, struck Uttarakhand, tremors of which were felt in Delhi and other parts of northern India.

The epicentre of the quake was Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand, said J L Gautam, Operations head at the National Seismological Bureau, a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences. "The depth of the quake was 33 km and it occurred at 10.33 PM," he said.

Uttarakhand, which falls in the Himalayan belt, is known for high seismic activities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he took stock of the situation in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck northern part of the country.

"Spoke to officials & took stock of the situation in the wake of the earthquake felt in various parts of North India," he tweeted.

"PMO is in touch with officials in Uttarakhand, which is the epicentre of the quake. I pray for everyone's safety & wellbeing," he said in a tweet.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked for a detailed report on earthquake that hit parts of northern India last night.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been put on high alert to carry out relief operation and help victim in case the need arises.

The Home Ministry is closely monitoring the situation in earthquake-hit Uttarakhand and other north Indian states where the tremors have been felt, the Home Minister said in a tweet.

"The NDRF teams have been rushed from Ghaziabad to Uttarakhand to conduct rescue and relief operations, if the situation arises," Rajnath said.

He has asked for a detailed report and the NDRF has been put on high alert, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.