New Delhi: A massive earthquake measuring 7.5 on richter scale on Monday jolted north India, with panic-stricken people rushing out of houses and buildings that shook during the temblor lasting almost a minute.
The earthquake epicentred in the Hindukush mountain range in Afghanistan struck at around 2.40 PM, sending ripples across several states like Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, the National Capital Region (NCR), Punjab, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.
People frantically rushed out of their houses and offices as the ground shook. In the national capital, metro sevrices were briefly halted.
There were no immediate reports of loss of life or property in India. However, four people have been killed in northwestern Pakistan.
In Srinagar, residents said they saw the buildings “swinging”, reminding them of the devastating quake in 2005.
The quake was 196 km (120 miles) deep and centred 82 km (51 miles) southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range.
Besides the national capital, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were also jolted by strong tremors.
At least four people killed and scores injured in neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistani.
I pray for everyone’s safety: PM Modi after strong quake in Af-Pak region whose tremors felt in parts of India.
Visuals from news channels showed people running out of their offices after the tremors.
Strong tremors were also felt in Chandigarh, Shimla.
Phone lines in several parts are down and metro lines in Delhi have been halted.