Tuesday (September 24): A massive earthquake has struck Islamabad region in Pakistan. Mild tremors were felt in Delhi region too.
The quake struck 14 miles (23 km) north of Jhelum, Pakistan, at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
The earthquake with its epicentre in Pakistan shook several parts of north India, including the Delhi-NCR region, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said.
There was no report of any loss of life or property following the quake at 4.33 p.m., officials said.
“The epicentre was near the India-Pakistan border. The closest big city to the epicentre is Rawalpindi [in Pakistan’s Punjab province],” said J.L. Gautam, head of operations at the NCS.
The entire Jammu province was shaken by the earthquake, which came around 4.33 pm. At various places especially in Chenab Valley region, people said that these were so intense that people came out of their buildings in panic.
According to the meteorological department, they were trying to find out details of its epicentre.
A strong earthquake jolted several cities in the northern parts of the country — including Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore — on Tuesday afternoon. The tremors lasted for 8-10 seconds but were felt strongly, DawnNewsTV reported. No injuries or damage has been reported as yet.
The quake, which according to reports was of 6.3 magnitudes, sent people racing out of buildings and offices in cities across the country.
Around 50 people were injured and shifted to a hospital in Mirpur in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir after a building collapsed following the earthquake, according to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority. Parts of a mosque also collapsed in the area. TV channels showed the footage of heavily damaged roads in Mirpur, with many vehicles overturned.
More details coming.