A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1 jolted northern Afghanistan capital Kabul on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, with tremors felt as far away as New Delhi and Islamabad.
At least one infant was killed and nine of her family members reported injured in southwest Pakistan’s Balochistan province, following the collapse of a roof on their home, a local official said.
The quake hit at 0707 GMT near Afghanistan’s northern border with Tajikistan in the Hindu Kush mountains at a depth of 191 kilometres (119 miles), the US Geological Survey said.
Tremors were felt in several parts of northern India, including Delhi-NCR, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan. Panicked people were seen rushing out on streets after they felt the tremors.
The Indian Meteorological Department said the magnitude of the quake was 6.2, and it was recorded at 12.36pm.
“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.There were no reports of any damage in India due to the earthquake.
In New Delhi, Delhi Metro trains were halted briefly but services were not disrupted, said an official.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.
Officials snapped electricity supply briefly as a precautionary measure.