A magnitude of 6.6 earthquake hit a large part of South Asia on Sunday, killing one person and injuring several others. The tremors were felt in several countries of south Asia like Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) stated that the quake was centered about 40 km (25 miles) west of Ashkasham in a remote northeastern Afghanistan village.
According to Reuters, residents left their home as the quake rocked the houses for more than 1 minute. Reportedly, the same situation prevailed across northern and central Pakistan.
It was reported that a man in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan was killed when he was hit by falling rocks.
Khalid Khan, emergency director at the city’s main Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar said that three people were admitted for multiple injuries. Local media pictures showed two children who seem to have been wounded in the quake. The hospital authorities also informed that 28 other injured people were brought.
An official from the provincial disaster management authority in Peshawar confirmed that 12 people were injured in Swat, Bunair, and upper Dir district.
Lahore which is 630 km (390 miles) from the epicenter was also shaken by the quake. However, no major damage was visible, reported sources.
A spokesperson for Kabul’s Afghanistan National Disaster Management authority Omar Mohammadi said that the authorities were collecting information but no reports of damage, as well as, casualties had been received.
In India the buildings in New Delhi swayed and the metro train system was halted temporarily as a safety measure, reported Channel News Asia. The tremor was also felt by people in Kashmir.
Last year in October a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan and Afghanistan. Around 400 people were killed in the quake. The country witnessed another devastating quake a decade ago in which 75,000 people were killed.
Recently, the Indonesian Island of Sumatra was rocked by a massive earthquake. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake led the authorities in Thailand and Indonesia to issue a tsunami warning.