Powerful Earthquake Rocks Afghan-Tajik border, tremors felt in India and Pakistan

File Pix : People outside their offices as earthquake shook the capital

File Pix : People outside their offices as earthquake shook the capital

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 rocked many areas in south west asia. The tremors were felt in parts of Tajikistan, Afghanistan. Pakistan and India.

The US Geological Suvey (USGS) said the quake was centred around Ashkasham,a village in north-eastern Afghanistan.

The USGS said the quake was at a depth of 210 kilometres.

The quake was also felt in India’s northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Delhi metro services were also halted briefly as a precautionary measure. Television pictures showed people rushing out of offices and homes in several cities. No loss of life or property has been reported so far.

Many areas of Himachal Pradesh were rocked also jolted by the earthquake , an official said. However, there was no loss of life. Tremors were felt in many parts of the state, an official of the meteorological office said.

Tremors were also felt across Pakistan. The quake forced many to rush out of buildings and homes in capital Islamabad, its twin city Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Swat and Chitral.

There are unconfirmed reports that two people have been killed in the north western Khyber Pakthunkhwa province. At least six of the injured have been admitted to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital.

The Hindu Kush region is one of the most seismically-active region and a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in December 2015 injured dozens in the Afghan-Tajikistan border area.