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11 killed, many injured as 6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Afghanistan, Pakistan; People rush out in Delhi-NCR

Earthquake: At least 11 people were killed and over 100 injured after a magnitude 6.6 earthquake jolted Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday night. The epicentre of the earthquake was in Afghanistan. Countries affected by the quake included Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China, and Kyrgyzstan.

According to Afghanistan’s disaster mitigation ministry, at least two people were killed in Laghman province. In neighboring Pakistan, at least nine people died. This included a 13-year-old girl who died when a wall collapsed at her home. At least 100 others were injured. The United States Geological Survey said the epicentre of the quake was in Afghanistan’s Jurm at a depth of 180 kilometres.

According to the National Centre for Seismology, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter Scale hit 133km SSE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan, at 10:17 pm.

In a state of shock

In Pakistan, more than 100 people were taken to hospitals in a state of shock in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, reports said.

Pakistan’s Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel issued an emergency alert at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) as well as the Federal Government Polyclinic, reported Geo News.

North India jolted

Strong tremors of the earthquake were felt in several North Indian states, including Delhi-NCR. The earthquake was also felt in Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responded to the quake and wrote on Twitter, “Strong tremors were felt across Delhi-NCR. Hope you all are safe.”

A seismologist said people in northwest India and Delhi felt the tremors for a relatively longer time because the “depth of the fault was more than 150 km”. He added that people in northern India first felt the primary waves and then were impacted by the secondary waves.

In Delhi, people rushed out of homes in panic after they experienced tremors lasting several minutes.

There was no immediate report of any loss of life or property in India.

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