New Delhi: An earthquake hit North India on Monday, which was measured at 7.7 magnitude on Richter scale. From Kashmir to Delhi, the entire region saw panicked people running out of their houses and other establishments.
The quake was felt right across South Asia, rocking cities, towns and villages everywhere.
Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran.
The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Hindukush region in northeastern Afghanistan, the US Geological Survey said, and the earthquake was felt as far away as in India and in neighbouring Pakistan.
The earthquake tremors continued for as long as 4-5 minutes. Aftershocks are expected. People are advised to seek shelter, but move out of unsafe buildings.
At the moment any damage or injuries have not been reported, but as the earthquake was massive, the damage in terms of human loss of life and other properties is expected to be huge.
The quake was 196 km (120 miles) deep and centred 82 km (51 miles) southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindukush mountain range.