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6.2 magnitude earthquake jolts Afghanistan, Northern India, 1 dead in Pakistan

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      Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude hits Afghanistan, Tremors felt in Northern India | Oneindia News

      Tremors were felt in several parts of north India today following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake on the Afghanistan-Kazakhstan border, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. There were no immediate reports of any damage or casualties.

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      The tremors were also felt in the Delhi-NCR region and the rest of northern India at around 12:40 pm. Tremors from the earthquake have been felt in many parts of Punjab and Haryana as well. According to news agency IANS, people in Chandigarh also felt the tremors, which lasted a few seconds. The tremors were felt around 12:45 pm.

      As the tremors were felt, people in high-rises rushed outside to safety while the services of Delhi Metro were halted for about three minutes.

      Delhi-NCR jolted

      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.

      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.

      Officials snapped electricity supply briefly as a precautionary measure.

      Powerful quake rattles northern Afghanistan

      A powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck northern Afghanistan, the USGS said, with tremors felt as far away as Islamabad and New Delhi.

      The quake hit at 0707 GMT (1237 IST) near Afghanistan's northern border with Tajikistan in the Hindu Kush mountains at a depth of 191 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

      Quake jolts Pakistan

      A powerful earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted several parts of Pakistan, killing at least one person and injuring 11 others, media reports said.

      The epicenter of the quake was in the Hindukush mountains and its depth was recorded at 178 km, the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) said.

      The intensity of the tremor was 6.1 on the Richter scale, it said. A girl was killed and nine persons were injured in Lasbella area of Balochistan due to collapsing of a house, Geo News reported.

      Two school children were injured in Peshawar while running in panic from school building. The quake was felt in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces as well as in capital Islamabad and Pakistan- occupied Kashmir.

      The spokesman for Provincial Department Management Authority (PDMA) said the authorities were in contact with all the districts of the province to ascertain about damage of property or any casualty.

      Pakistan has suffered several quakes in the past, including the deadliest one in 2005 which killed at least 74,000 people.

      The epicentre of the earthquake was near Afghanistan's Jarm, which was hit by a devastating 7.5 magnitude quake in October 2015 that triggered landslides and flattened buildings, killing more than 380 people across the region.

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