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Earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, felt in Delhi too

New Delhi: A moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter Scale that hit Afghanistan on Monday at around 3.35 pm, was felt across South Asia, shaking the ground in Kabul, Islamabad and New Delhi.

The Himalayan region was struck by an earthquake yet again, this time centered in northeastern Afghanistan and having a much lesser strength than the devastating Nepal earthquake three months ago.

The quake was measured 6.2 on the Richter scale by the Indian Meteorological Department and its epicentre was 287 km northeast of Kabul, almost on Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan. Tremors were felt in many parts of north-India, including Delhi and adjoining areas, reminding people of the Nepal earthquake that had caused damage in parts of Bihar and eastern UP as well.

“The quake happened in the Hindukush region. This area is no stranger to earthquakes and moderate tremors of 4, 5 or even six on the Richter scale are quite common. Geographically, it is part of the same belt that stretches from Indonesia to India to Afghanistan and is seismically quite active,” Ajay Paul of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology said.

The epicentre of Monday’s earthquake was deep inside the earth, more than 200 km below the surface, dissipating its energy and reducing its ability to cause devastation.

“Quakes that deep travel quite far, covering a lot of distance geographically, but are weak at the surface,” Paul explained.