Earthquake of magnitude 5.7 hits Afghanistan-Pak region, tremors felt in India

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quake_AFPAn earthquake of magnitude 5.7 with its epicentre in Afghanistan resulted in tremors being felt across parts of Pakistan and northern India.  US Geological Survey said that it occurred 11km south of Mehtar Lam in the Laghman province of Afghanistan

Tremors were felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Lahore and the tribal areas of Pakistan. At several places in Pakistan, the tremors last over 10 seconds. The Pakistan Meteorological Office said the quake measured 6.2 on the Richter Scale.

Reports stated that residents of Srinagar also felt the tremors for about four to five seconds. The tremors created panic among people who rushed out of their houses. No casualties have been reported so far. This is the second major earthquake in the region in the last one week.

A major earthquake flattened homes and offices on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border 16 April, rattling buildings as far away as New Delhi and Dubai. Iranian state media said at least 46 people died, but later Iranian reports offered a far milder picture.

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