Strong tremors were felt in parts of Delhi and National Capital Region on Saturday night after an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude on Ritcher Scale struck northeast Afghanistan near the country’s borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan.
The tremors were felt around 12:50 am and remained for 30 seconds.
Reports of heavy tremors were also pouring in from Chandigarh, Jaipur, Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir.
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake measured 203.5 kilometres deep and struck about 280 kilometres northeast of the Afghan capital Kabul.
Jammu and Kashmir also felt the tremors. People in the Kashmir region rushed to safety in chilling cold after feeling the quake.
An official of the Meteorological department in JK said that it would be premature to say whether there has been any loss of life or damage to property in the state due to the earthquake.
“Right now, we cannot say whether any damage (to life or property) has taken place. Anything in this regard can be said after we have all the details,” he said.
Soon after the earth shook, people ran out of their houses in the open as they feared that the buildings might collapse.
“We were fast asleep when suddenly the earth shook and we rushed out in the open to save ourselves as we feared that the house might collapse,” Surjeet Kaur, a local resident of Jammu said.
Reports of earthquake spreading panic also poured in from other districts of Jammu region.
Mobile network also faced congestion with worried relatives calling each other to inquire about the well being of their family members.
(With PTI inputs)