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Earthquake hits Afghanistan-Pakistan region,strong tremors were felt across North India

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Earthquake hits Afghanistan-Pakistan region,strong tremors were felt across North India, the first being reported from Delhi-NCR
Earthquake hits Afghanistan-Pakistan region,strong tremors were felt across North India, the first being reported from Delhi-NCR

A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake jolted Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of North India on Saturday evening. Strong tremors were felt across North India, the first being reported from Delhi-NCR and Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the epicentre of the quake was Hindu Kush, which is a mountain range that stretches near the Afghan-Pakistan border, from central Afghanistan to northern Pakistan.

Another earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck off Sumatra island in Indonesia on Saturday afternoon, the US Geological Survey said.

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said there were no immediate reports of damage and that there was no potential for tsunami, the report said.

“The quake was felt very strongly in Tuapejat. Our officers are still assessing the impact but so far everything is safe,” said the head of Mentawai search and rescue agency Akmal, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

The quake left residents of Padang, on the west coast of Sumatra, panicking for a moment.

“It was very scary. This is the second quake we felt today. Our house was shaking, so we ran outside,” Ms Ira, a resident of Padang, told AFP.

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide.

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