Earthquake in Afghanistan

Earthquake in Afghanistan Leaves Residents in Northern India Shaken

Disaster Events

New Delhi, January 31 (G’nY News Service): An earthquake shook major states of North India at around 0707 GMT, which is 12:37 PM IST. The tremors were heavily felt in Jammu & Kashmir while minor shocks were felt in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and some parts of Himachal Pradesh. Many people turned to social media to narrate their experiences while people were seen rushing out of their homes and offices in Srinagar. Apart from India, tremors were also felt in some parts of Pakistan.

According to reports, the earthquake’s epicenter was located in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, which is near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The magnitude of the earthquake was recorded as 6.1, while the depth was recorded as 191 km by USGS. Even though there have been no immediate reports of casualties in Afghanistan, the status in areas which suffered the maximum amount from the earthquake is still uncertain. There has been no report of causalities in India, however in Pakistan, homes, schools and offices were evacuated in major cities including Islamabad, Peshawar and Lahore. The roof of a home collapsed in Pakistan’s Baluchistan, which killed an infant and injured 9 other people. Local authorities are trying to assert the damage in Baluchistan. Apart from the mentioned damage, there have been no other reports of damage from Pakistan.

The epicenter was located 35km south of Jurm, which suffered a massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake in October 2015. The devastating earthquake triggered landslides and converted high rises and buildings to rubble. The earthquake shook Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The earthquake and the aftershocks resulted in 399 casualties while thousands were injured. Afghanistan and Pakistan suffered most out of the catastrophe, as 280 people lost their lives in Pakistan while Afghanistan witnessed 115 casualties. 4 people in India also lost their lives due to the quake.

Source: USGS

While there are no casualties this time, earthquakes at such less distance is a cause for worry and there needs to be adequate precautionary measures and an advisory issued. This earthquake brought back the ordeal of the 2015 earthquakes that shook Nepal and India, taking over 9000 lives and thousands who were left injured.