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Earthquake Jolts Indian Capital

April 28, 2001

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ A 3.8 magnitude earthquake shook the capital of New Delhi at midmorning Saturday, sending frightened residents fleeing their homes into the streets.

``The damage is not expected to be much. It was a sharp jolt,″ said A.K. Shukla of the Indian Meteorological Service’s earthquake monitoring center. He said the epicenter of the 3.8 quake was 30 miles northwest of New Delhi, in neighboring Haryana state.

``I was shaken off my bed. It was so scary,″ said Inder Kumar, a resident of New Delhi’s Gole Market neighborhood. Windows rattled and furniture shook.

There were no confirmed reports that the quake was felt elsewhere in India.

A devastating earthquake in the western Gujarat state killed more than 20,000 people in January. That region continues to feel aftershocks, and the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., reported a temblor of 4.2 had shaken Jamnagar in Gujarat on Friday.

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