An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale, with the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan as its epicentre, rocked parts of north India, including capital New Delhi on Monday afternoon. The epicentre was in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, at a depth of 190 km, and it was recorded at 2.39pm.
At least 17 people, including eight children were killed in Pakistan, officials said.
Eight people including four children died in Bajaur tribal district along the Afghan border, eight others including four children were killed in Mingora city in Swat Valley, and one woman was killed in northwestern Peshawar city.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake would have been the strongest in the Qunduz and Nangarhār regions of Afghanistan and Muzaffarabad, Abbottabad, Tall and Rawalpindi regions of Pakistan, with tremors of magnitude between 6 and 7 on the Richter scale.
In India, reports of tremors were reported in Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Bihar.
“Initial reports suggest that the epicentre of the earthquake was 48 km south-south west of Jarm region in Afghanistan. Until now, there are no reports of damage or aftershocks in India. It will take some time to assess damage, if any. In India, the tremors could be strongest in Kashmir,” said Kamal Kishore, member, National Disaster Management Authority.
The epicentre is 254 km from Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.