Quake jolts Tajikistan; Tremors shake cities in North India, Pakistan
Published: 11:28 AM, 13 February 2021
Residents carrying their children stand on a road after vacating their houses following an earthquake in Srinagar February 12, 2021; Photo: Reuters
A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck near Tajikistan, resulting in the strong tremors that shook cities in North India and Pakistan, said India’s National Center for Seismology.
As soon as the tremors shook the cities of Kashmir and Punjab and in other parts of north India, people rushed out of their homes, fearing the intensity of the tremors.
Tremors were also felt across Pakistan’s Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.
According to the Seismology department, the epicenter of the earthquake at 19km depth at Punjab’s Amritsar. “The earthquake was centered at Tajikistan in central Asia,” the Seismology confirmed.
JL Gautam, head of operations of the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) told the media that the epicenter is in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region where the Indo Australian plate is colliding with the Eurasian plate.
“It’s a seismically highly active area. The tremors have been felt across Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi NCR. However, we haven’t received any reports of damage yet,” he added.
The United States Geological Survey said that the earthquake’s magnitude was 5.9 and centered 35 km west of Murghob in Tajikistan, Central Asia, according to news agency Reuters.
The location was a sparsely populated area 420 km east of Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, said Tajikistan Emergency Situations Ministry on Friday.
Source: Hindustan Times, Reuters.