Home/ News / India/  Earthquake today: Massive earthquake in Afghanistan, tremors felt in Delhi

A massive earthquake of 6.8 hit the Hindu Kush area in Afghanistan on Tuesday, sending tremors across Delhi, Noida, and surrounding areas of the national capital. The quake was at a depth of 184 km (114 miles).

No report of loss or destruction due to the massive earthquake has been reported so far, but people rushed out of their buildings after feeling strong tremors. Catch live updates here

“Many of the residents of our building came to the common ground area. People were checking their phones constantly for any updates," a local resident of Sector 22 in Noida told news agency ANI.

In India, tremors were reported from several regions like Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, etc. and the geological experts have claimed that the earthquake occurred as the Indo-Australian plate collided with the Eurasian plate.

“As we know that the Indo-Australian plate is colliding with the Eurasian plate and this release happened in that region. The HKH region is very active seismologically. The reason why people in northwest India and Delhi felt it for a relatively long time is because of the depth. The depth of the fault is over 150 km so first primary waves were felt and then secondary waves. Aftershocks are likely now but they can't be Forecast", J L Gautam, head of the office and Scientist at the National Center for Seismology, said.

The epicenter of the earthquake is believed to be 90 km from Kalafgan in Afghanistan. According to reports, the earthquake measuring 6.8 magnitude hit countries including Turkmenistan, India, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

"People ran out of their houses and were reciting the Koran," an AFP correspondent in Rawalpindi said, with similar reports coming from the capital Islamabad, Lahore, and elsewhere in the country.




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Updated: 21 Mar 2023, 11:15 PM IST
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