7.2 Earthquake Strikes Tajikistan, Tremors Felt In Delhi

The epicentre of the quake was 111 kilometres southwest of Karakul and at a depth of 28.7 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

New Delhi: A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 magnitude struck Tajikistan today, shaking buildings as far away as in New Delhi and other parts of north India.

The tremor hit at 7:50 GMT (13:20 IST) some 109 kilometres (67 miles) west of the town of Murghob at a depth of 28 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter was located in a remote area, some 345 kilometres east of the capital Dushanbe, it added.

A spokesman for Tajikistan's Emergencies Committee said it had no information so far on any casualties or damage from the quake. The quake did not affect Russian military bases in Tajikistan, RIA news agency reported, citing Russia's defence ministry.

In India, tremors were felt in the National Capital Region (NCR) and also in parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar. There were no reports of loss of life or damage to property.

The quake was also felt in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, northern parts of Afghanistan as well as some areas in Pakistan.

In October, a powerful earthquake of 7.5 magnitude centred in Afghanistan, killed nearly 280 people.

The earthquake shook north India with tremors that lasted almost a minute. Hundreds rushed out of shaking buildings and remained on the streets for some time, fearing aftershocks.