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Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes Tajikistan; tremors felt in Delhi, Srinagar, parts of north India


A magnitude 6.5 earthquake has been reported 61 km from Eshkashem, Tajikistan at 10.17 pm on Tuesday. Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan were affected by the quake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The USGS said the epicentre was 40 kilometers (25 miles) south-southeast of the Afghan town of Jurm, near the borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan.
According to the National Center for Seismology, an earthquake of Magnitude 6.6, occurred at 10.17 pm 133 km SSE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan.
The Pak Met Department said the earthquake with magnitude 6.8 that struck the region had Hindukush Region in Afghanistan as its epicentre.

Tremors were also felt in Delhi and parts of north India, reports said.

ANI has tweeted a video of people rushing out of their houses in Vasundhara, Ghaziabad as strong earthquake tremors were felt in several parts of north India.

Delhi Fire Services say that they have received a call about the tilting of a building in Shakarpur area, ANI reported.

"The building in Shakarpur was already made like that as there was gap already. No damage due to earthquake. It was a hoax call. Situation is under control. We checked building from top to bottom & there's no problem," a Civil Defence volunteer in Shakarpur told The New Indian Express.

According to a report, Twitter users shared videos of ceiling fans and light fixtures shaking during the massive quake. Eye-witnesses have also claimed to have felt the earthquake in states such as Kashmir and Jaipur.

People in Srinagar rush out of their houses as strong tremors of the earthquake were felt in the region.

Tremors were felt in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Quetta, Sargodha, Mianwali, Peshawar, Kohat, Swat, Chitral, Dir, Shangla, and other districts of the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, according to local media reports.

Al Jazeera quoted a resident of Islamabad, Sarah Hasan as saying that the walls of her house vibrated as the earthquake hit the Pakistani capital.

“It started off slowly and then became strong,” the 43-year-old said. “The house was vibrating, things were shaking. It started slowing down, and after a few minutes, it felt like everything is calm again,” the report said.

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