Over 260 Killed, 1000 Injured as Earthquake Measuring 7.5 Hits North India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

Over 260 Killed, 1000 Injured as Earthquake Measuring 7.5 Hits North India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

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A powerful earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale shook north India a little after 2.30 pm on Monday. Massive tremors lasting almost a minute were reported in Delhi, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. Strong tremors were also reported in Pakistan, Afghanistan where over 260 people have died and 1000 injured, early reports said. The US Geological Survey or USGS said the 7.5 quake’s epicentre was in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The earthquake occurred over 150 km deep in the earth.

“Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone’s safety,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is campaigning in Bihar, where assembly elections are being held.

People rushed out of offices and homes as buildings shook in national capital Delhi. The Delhi Metro has halted services for a while as a precautionary measure.

In Srinagar, phone and electricity lines are down, and damage has been reported to the Lal Chowk flyover in the Jammu and Kashmir capital.

“As we rushed out, we saw cars shaking,” said a man in Chandigarh. Video footage from the city showed panicked people rushing out of offices.

Hundreds of people in the towns and cities where tremors were felt are still outside, fearing aftershocks…Read More

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