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.