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Powerful quake jolts North India, Pakistan

New Delhi/Srinagar/Islamabad: A 6.2 magnitude earthquake on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region today shook several parts of north India, including the national capital and the Kashmir Valley, the met department said.

The quake, which was felt in the Delhi-NCR region as well as the Kashmir Valley, led to panic in some parts with people rushing outdoors for safety.

There were no reports of any damage due to the earthquake, officials said.

“The epicentre of the quake was near the Afghanistan- Tajikistan border and occurred at a depth of around 190 kilometres,” an official said in Srinagar.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale was recorded at 12.36 PM.

In New Delhi, Delhi Metro trains were halted briefly but services were not disrupted, said a Delhi Metro official.

The tremors were felt strongly in the Jammu and Kashmir summer capital and other parts of the Valley, with people rushing out of buildings and vehicles.

Officials snapped electricity supply briefly as a precautionary measure.

A girl was killed and nine persons were injured in Lasbella area of Balochistan due to collapsing of a house, Geo News reported.

Two school children were injured in Peshawar while running in panic from the school building.

The quake was felt in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces as well as in capital Islamabad and Pakistan- occupied Kashmir.

The spokesman for Provincial Department Management Authority (PDMA) said the authorities were in contact with all the districts of the province to ascertain about the damage of property or any casualty.

For many people in Kashmir, the tremors recalled the nightmare of the October 2005 earthquake that flattened wide parts of Jammu and Kashmir on either side of the Line of Control. Pakistan has suffered several quakes in the past but it was the deadliest one which killed at least 74,000 people.

PTI

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