A major earthquake jolted parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Sunday, reportedly killing two people and injuring 10 in Pakistan.
North and northwest India was shaken by the earthquake, measuring 6.8 on Richter Scale, originating in the Hindukush region of Afghanistan this afternoon, very near to the place that had experienced an even bigger earthquake six months ago.
Strong tremors were felt in most of north India at 3.58 pm that continued for several seconds. The epicentre of the earthquake was located 39-km west-southwest of Eskasham town near the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border. The place is about 282-km north east of Afghanistan capital Kabul.
The place is within a few kilometres of the epicentre of the 7.5 magnitude that had struck the region on October 26 last year. Like that earthquake, today’s tremors also originated deep below the earth’s surface, at a depth of more than 200 km.
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Deep earthquakes are quite common in the Hindukush region. In the last one year, the area has experienced about 40 earthquakes of magnitude 4.5 and above, and more than half of those originated at depths of 200 km or below the earth’s surface.
Tremors originating deep below are able to travel greater distances as they move up to reach the surface. Delhi is more than 1200 km away from that area, and still both times, the tremors were felt quite strongly here.
Today’s earthquake comes close to the first anniversary of the Nepal earthquake which had struck on April 25 last year, killing thousands, including hundreds in India. The earthquakes in the Hindukush area do not result in high human casualties because of the very low population in that area. Earthquakes cause maximum damage near to the epicentre. Faraway places, even if they feel the tremors strongly, are relatively quite safe.