7.7-magnitude earthquake jolts Kashmir, South Asia


Pakistan, India and Afghanistan shaken by 7.7-magnitude earthquake

A major earthquake measuring at least 7.5 on the Richter scale on Monday jolted large parts of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, causing widespread panic, officials here said.

The India Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the quake lay in the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre lay 45 km south-southwest of Jarm in Afghanistan, around 240 km from capital Kabul. It put the intensity at 7.7 on the Richter scale.

The Pakistani met department put the intensity even higher — at 8.1.

The tremors jolted the whole of northern India including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Everywhere, tens of thousands of people fled out of their homes and high-rise buildings.

In the capital, Delhi Metro immediately suspended its services. The quake also affected telecom services in Delhi and neighbouring regions as hundreds of thousands of people began telephoning one another. 

The Pakistani media said the quake was felt in all major cities including Islamabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi.

In kashmir Reports came that a Mahindra vehicle damaged when a giant tree felldown on it due to earthquake in Rohama Rafiabad.Three persons got injured in Civil Secretariate, Srinagar.One Adil Gulzar Bhat injured in Khudpora, Khurram in Anantnag district.Two houses damaged in Batyar; Ali kadal in Srinagar.

Further details awaited 







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