Strong tremors felt in Delhi, Kashmir after 6.8-earthquake in Pakistan
New Delhi: A strong earthquake today struck the Hindukush mountain region in Afghanistan, ripples of which were felt in Pakistan and several parts of Northern India.
The earthquake was centred at a depth of 236 km, Dawn online quoted Pakistan Meteorological Department as saying.
Tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Swat Valley, Chitral, and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
According to J L Gautam, Operations Head of National Centre for Seismology, “The earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale at a depth of 190 km hit Hindukush mountain region at 3:58 PM.”
However, Pakistani authorities said the earthquake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale while The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the quake at 6.6 magnitude.
An official of National Disaster Management Authority said that at least one person was killed in Buner area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province while nine were injured in the provincial capital Peshawar due to the quake.
The quake also had a impact on Northern India as it shook the the National Capital and surrounding regions at 4:01 PM today. Strong tremors were felt in parts of Delhi and NCR triggering a sense of panic among people, many of whom rushed out of their homes for safety.