A 6.6 magnitude earthquake centered in Afghanistan rocked many parts of north India at 10:30 with tremors felt as far as Delhi and the surrounding National Capital Region.
No immediate reports of casualties or damage were reported though the tremors were strong enough to prompt people to rush out of their houses.
The National Center for Seismology reported the location of the quake at a depth of 156 km and centered in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush mountains.
“Though it was of moderate magnitude, the depth of it meant that surface waves from the quake traveled quite far,” M Ravichandran, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, told The Hindu, “We don’t expect aftershocks.”
Northern India lies in a zone that is near faultlines and prone to tremors from quakes originating in Central Asia.