A strong earthquake measuring 6.5 on Ritcher Scale hit Afghanistan today during night hours making its tremors felt in Pakistan & India. According to news reports, the epicentre of today’s earthquake was said to be in the northern province of Badakhshan in Afghanistan which is close to the Pakistani and Tajikistan border and not very far from the Indian border.
The earthquake hit during the night hours of 25th December, when India and other countries in this region were celebrating Christmas. Strong tremors were felt around 12:50 AM and lasted for 30 seconds.
Tremors of this Afghanistan earthquake were strongly felt in North Indian cities of Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Jammu, Srinagar and other parts of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan etc.
No reports of any death or major casualties have come so far but BBC reported that around 17 people were injured in Peshawar in Pakistan. Some old homes in the city collapsed due to the strong earthquake. CNN reported over 30 people to be injured. However, complete information has come from the official sources in Afghanistan or Pakistan till now.
People took to Twitter and Facebook soon after feeling the tremors and it was confirmed that an earthquake had struck North India. Earlier, there were controversies of the epicentre being in Nepal as some cities in the Himalyan region of India too were shaken. But US geological survey confirmed the earthquake epicenter to be in Afghanistan.
Two months back, an earthquake measuring 7.5 had hit Afghanistan which killed around 300 people and destroyed hundreds of homes.