Northern India was jolted with strong tremors after an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hit Afghanistan late Tuesday. Residents rushed outside their apartments to find refuge in open spaces as the tremors continued to shake several areas in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan at around 10.20 pm. After the jolts, Twitter erupted with memes, who seemingly found a hilarious way to approach the situation to lighten the mood.
A section of the internet used escaping scenes from movies to refer to Delhi civilians who rushed to Twitter to confirm if the Earthquake was real. “Delhi people coming on Twitter to check if there was an earthquake,” said one user. “People running to Twitter to confirm the earthquake in Delhi,” wrote another.
Delhi people coming on Twitter to check if there was an #Earthquake pic.twitter.com/qswKYggwcK— Himanshu Pareek (@Sports_Himanshu) March 21, 2023
People running to Twitter to confirm the #earthquake in Delhi: pic.twitter.com/TiI2yKNsl5— Tanisha Bansal🌻 (@tanneeshozz) March 21, 2023
Delhi people coming on Twitter to check if there was an #Earthquake pic.twitter.com/LCLTmegYIQ— Ashutosh Srivastava 🇮🇳 (@sri_ashutosh08) March 21, 2023
Delhi NCR people coming to Twitter to post about EarthQuake pic.twitter.com/RHYlzDuKeu #earthquake— 👑Che_ಕೃಷ್ಣ🇮🇳💛❤️ (@ChekrishnaCk) March 21, 2023
People explaining how dangerous the earthquake was. Meanwhile me#earthquake #भूकंप pic.twitter.com/dSmFSX0jbK— 𑂦𑂰𑂩𑂞𑂫𑂰𑂮𑂲 (भारतवासी) (@mauryaspeakss) March 21, 2023
Another section of Twitter used movie scenes, dialogues, and characters to make add hilarious anecdotes to the tremors.
Delhites right now 🥵#earthquakepic.twitter.com/LQqkgWPqn1— Delhi Se Hoon BC (@delhichatter) March 21, 2023
God to Delhi, NCR people #earthquake #भूकंप pic.twitter.com/NPCBcfAiy3— Anuj Mishra (@anujmishra003) March 21, 2023
#earthquake or heartquake 😉 pic.twitter.com/W0GZ15aYRf— PrinCe (@Prince8bx) March 21, 2023
Just feel this video 😭😂 #Earthquake pic.twitter.com/A3Y2uvq3ms— Prayag (@theprayagtiwari) March 21, 2023
#earthquake in Delhipeople living in a PG : pic.twitter.com/CHEK5Ssi8z
— Taha (@tahaactually) March 21, 2023
Earthquake in every 2 month to Delhi people :-#earthquake pic.twitter.com/E8BlDu9bc2— जेंटल मैन (@gentleman07_) March 21, 2023
Delhites during #earthquake pic.twitter.com/FPiMZiJfDA— RADHE ࿗🚬🇮🇳 (@Iamradhe_p00) March 21, 2023
Life of a Delhiite ! 😨#earthquake pic.twitter.com/Qnq3u9bPk5— SHIKHA (@Shikha__Rawat) March 21, 2023
We are safe nanba 😇- Team #LEO pic.twitter.com/WAOeiP94uM
— Seven Screen Studio (@7screenstudio) March 21, 2023
Pple running for life, but legend save their economy first 😂😂Delhi: #earthquake pic.twitter.com/2UfjHTcmJd— The Eastern Kingdom 🕊️ (@KingdomEastern) March 21, 2023
Delhi people right now.#earthquake pic.twitter.com/EoSQZK77zo— Lolita (@oyelalita_) March 21, 2023
Delhi People Jinko Twitter se Earthquake ka Pta chla ho :-#earthquake pic.twitter.com/s9kAksegDQ— जेंटल मैन (@gentleman07_) March 21, 2023
Delhites during #earthquake pic.twitter.com/dT1UubfIMQ— Ashish (@brb_memes7) March 21, 2023
According to Reuters, the tremors in Afghanistan were as deep as 194 km (120.5 miles) with its epicentre being the Hindu Kush mountain range. It is located near the remote northern Afghan province of Badakhshan. The tremors of the natural disaster were felt in India and geological experts claim the jolts were an outcome of many parts of South Asia being seismically active.
As per several reports, J L Gautam, head of the office and Scientist at the National Center for Seismology, explained, “As we know that the Indo-Australian plate is colliding with the Eurasian plate and this release happened in that region. The HKH region is very active seismologically. The reason why people in northwest India and Delhi felt it for a relatively long time is because of the depth. The depth of the fault is over 150 km so first primary waves were felt and then secondary waves. Aftershocks are likely now but they can’t be Forecast.”
Besides India, tremors were also reportedly felt in multiple countries including Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan among others. This comes just a month after an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck the southern and central parts of Turkey and the northern and western parts of Syria on February 6.
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