A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck in Tajikistan on Friday with tremors felt across North India and Delhi, prompting people to rush out of their homes. The epicentre of the earthquake was in Tajikistan – about 450 km from Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, according to India’s National Center for Seismology.
It occurred at 10.31 pm (IST) and its coordinates were 38.00 N and 73.58 E. The depth of this earthquake was 74 km. Strong tremors were felt in Delhi and surrounding areas for several seconds. People in various parts of north India came out of their homes following the tremors to seek safety. Cracks in the walls of some houses have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir. However, so far no major damage or loss of life has been reported anywhere. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said no damage has been reported in the state so far and the police and local administration are keeping a watch. In Himachal Pradesh, strong earthquake tremors were felt in Una, Chamba, Dalhousie, Kullu, Shimla and other areas. The tremors were also felt in Haryana, parts of Rajasthan and as far as Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. Besides these, tremors were also felt in several cities in Pakistan like Islamabad, lahore, parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.