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6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Afghanistan, Pakistan & India

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has hit northern Afghanistan, the US geological survey (USGS) reports. Strong jolts have been felt in neighboring Pakistan and northern India, according to reports on social media.
Magnitude  Mw 6.2
Date time  26/12/2015  12:14:47.0 AM AFT/19:14:47 GMT/12:44:47 AM IST
Location  36.52 N ; 71.26 E
Depth  200 km
Distances  280 km N of Peshāwar, Pakistan / pop: 1,218,773 / local time: 00:14:47.0 2015-12-26
90 km SE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan / pop: 44,421 / local time: 23:44:47.0 2015-12-25
39 km SW of Ishqoshim, Tajikistan / pop: 26,000 / local time: 00:14:47.0 2015-12-26

The quake, which was initially reported at a magnitude of 6.4, then downgraded to 6.2, struck northern Afghanistan on Friday, the USGS said.

The epicenter fell 81km southeast of the Afghan city of Feyzabad, 40km west-south-west of Ashkasham, according to US seismological monitors.

Tremors were felt in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, and in India’s capital, New Delhi.

A Pakistani official, Ghulam Rasool, told AP that a strong earthquake had struck the region, shaking buildings and forcing residents in Islamabad out of their homes.

No casualties have been reported.

The Himalaya region, located where the India and Eurasia plates collide, is one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth.

In October, more than 270 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which struck northern Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Massive tremors jolted New Delhi, Islamabad and several other major cities.

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