A strong earthquake rocked North India, including parts of the national capital region. Initial report say the epicentre was in Northern Pakistan and the tremors have been clocked at 7.5 on the Richter scale. People were seen running out of offices in Noida. Metro service in Delhi was also halted. In Srinagar, many buildings have developed cracks.
According to initial reports the epicentre has been recorded in the Hindukush mountain region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Hindu Kush earthquake is 7.5-magnitude and 42 miles from Chitral in Pakistan," agencies quoted USGS as saying. Our bureaus in Chandigarh and Srinagar have reported the massive tremors though no reports of damage have come in.
Phone lines down in Srinagar (J&K) due to the earthquake. Buildings evacuated after strong tremors were felt in New Delhi.
In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran
Vineet Gahlot, the director of seismology at the Indian Meteorological Department, said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.5 and an epicenter deep in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The location has a population 666,668. The density of the location is 19/Sq Km, with 330000 in a radius of 75 km.
The GDACS also states that the area has steep slopes (up to 90 per cent) and may be susceptible to landslides. Details of calamities, if any, are awaited.
The full extent of the damage and the number of possible casualties was not yet known.