New Delhi: A powerful earthquake of 7.4 magnitude struck southwestern Pakistan early on Wednesday, tremors of which were felt in parts of northwestern India, including the national capital.
Delhiites particularly living in high-rise buildings, rushed out of their homes as the tremors were felt in the capital.
The quake which measured 7.4 on the Richter Scale had its epicenter in southwestern Pakistan in the desert area bordering Iran and Afghanistan the India Meteorological Department (IMD)said .
“It was a shallow earthquake which struck at a depth of 7.4 km,” an IMD official said.
The epicentre of the quake was located at 28.9 degrees north on the latitude and 64 degrees east on the longitude, the IMD said.
A US geological service report said the epicentre of the earthquake was located 45 km from Dalbandin in Southwest Pakistan. It said the focal depth of the earthquake was 84 km.
There was no immediate report of any loss of life or property.
A 7.6 magnitude earthquake had devastated northern Pakistan and parts of Kashmir in October 2008, killing thousands of people.