Earthquake hits northeast Afghanistan, tremors felt in north India

  • Agencies, Kabul
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2015 07:03 IST
An earthquake with magnitude 6.2 occurred near Feyzabad, Afghanistan at 19:14:47.60 UTC on Dec 25, 2015

Tremors were felt in north India after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck northeast Afghanistan around midnight near the country’s borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan, leaving at least 17 people injured, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake, which measured 203.5 kilometres (126 miles) deep, struck about 280 kilometres northeast of the Afghan capital Kabul at 11:44 pm (1914 GMT), the USGS said on its website.

Though there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in Afghanistan, more than 30 people were injured as a result of the quake in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, according to a hospital spokesperson. A total of 41 people were taken to hospitals in the city, according to doctors and rescue officials.

In India, residents of the national capital, Srinagar and Jaipur, among other places, reported feeling the jolt. Soon after the tremors shook Delhi around 12:50am, people took to Twitter to post their experience.

“No PCR call of any damage or casualty has been so far reported in Delhi,” Madhur Verma, North Delhi DCP, posted on the micro-blogging site.

In October, a 7.5-magnitude quake ripped across Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing almost 400 people and flattening buildings in rugged terrain that impeded relief efforts.

For many in Pakistan, October’s quake brought back traumatic memories of a 7.6-magnitude quake that struck in October 2005, killing more than 75,000 people and displacing some 3.5 million.

Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which lies near the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

In Nepal a quake in April and a strong aftershock in May killed more than 8,900 people.

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