ISLAMABAD: A 6.2 magnitude quake has hit northern Afghanistan, the US geological survey (USGS) reports. Strong jolts have been felt in neighboring Pakistan and northern India, according to reports on social media.
The quake, which was initially reported at a magnitude of 6.4, then downgraded to 6.2, struck northern Afghanistan on Friday, the USGS said.
The epicenter fell 81km southeast of the Afghan city of Feyzabad, 40km west-south-west of Ashkasham, according to US seismological monitors.
Tremors were felt in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, and in India’s capital, New Delhi.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province issued a red alert in the wake of the quake. However, it did not report on casualties or damages.
A Pakistani official, Ghulam Rasool, told AP that a strong earthquake had struck the region, shaking buildings and forcing residents in Islamabad out of their homes.
Reports of the injured being taken to hospital in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar have emerged on social media.
The Himalaya region, located where the India and Eurasia plates collide, is one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth.
In October, more than 270 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which struck northern Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Massive tremors jolted New Delhi, Islamabad and several other major cities. -rt
THE PASHTUN TIMES