A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.3 hit in Tajikistan on Friday with tremors felt across North India and Delhi, prompting people to rush out of their homes. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Tajikistan – about 450 km from Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, according to India’s National Center for Seismology.

The earthquake struck at 10:31 pm IST at a depth of 74 km from the surface. Strong tremors were felt in Delhi and surrounding areas for several seconds. However, so far no major damage or loss of life has been reported anywhere.

The tremor was felt in capital Islamabad and major cities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab provinces and Pakistan occupied-Kashmir. Earthquake of 6.1 magnitude was felt across north India, including Delhi, and its epicenter was in Punjab’s Amritsar, the National Centre of Seismology said.

Strong tremors were felt in Delhi, the National Capital Region (NCR) and several other parts of north India at 10.34 pm, prompting people to rush out of their houses. Delhi recorded an earthquake of 4.2 magnitude on the Richter scale.

The entire southern Central Asian region, including Tajikistan, lies in an active seismic belt where severe earthquakes are common. Seismologists have long studied the region, especially in connection with the massive hydroelectric dams and other public works in the area. Well, we are relieved that no lives were lost in this nature calamity.


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