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Earthquake Jolts Delhi-NCR: 6.1 Magnitude Tremor Originates in Afghanistan

In Pakistan, cities such as Lahore, Islamabad, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa experienced strong tremors.


January 11, 2024, New Delhi: An earthquake rattled the Delhi-NCR region today, leaving residents shaken as tremors reverberated through the area. The seismic activity was triggered by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Afghanistan, creating waves of concern in the Indian subcontinent.

Event Details:

  • Magnitude: 6.1
  • Date and Time: January 11, 2024, 14:50:24 IST
  • Epicenter: Afghanistan, 241 kilometers northeast of Kabul
  • Coordinates: Lat: 36.48, Long: 70.45
  • Depth: 220 km

The National Center for Seismology promptly shared the seismic event’s details via Twitter, urging residents to stay vigilant. The earthquake’s impact was not limited to Afghanistan, with strong tremors felt in the Delhi-NCR region and neighboring countries.

Regional Impact:

  • In Pakistan, cities such as Lahore, Islamabad, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa experienced strong tremors.
  • US Geological Survey reported a 6.4 magnitude quake with its epicenter 44 km SSW of Jurm in Afghanistan, at a depth of 206.6 km.
  • No casualties or property damage have been reported as of now.
  • Pakistan Meteorological Department noted a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in the Hindu Kush region at 2:20 pm (local time), with a depth of 213 km.

Widespread Tremors: The earthquake’s impact extended to various cities in Pakistan, including Sargodha, Khushab, Mandi Bahauddin, Bhakkar, and Nowshera. In Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Muzaffarabad also felt the tremors.

Aftershock Warning: Considering the earthquake’s intensity, there is a heightened risk of aftershocks in the region, as stated by Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz of the Pakistan Meteorological Department. Drawing parallels to a previous seismic event in Japan, he emphasized the need for continued preparedness.

Seismic Vulnerability: Pakistan, situated in a seismic region, frequently experiences earthquakes and tremors. The country faced its deadliest earthquake in October 2005, resulting in over 74,000 casualties and widespread destruction.

Residents are advised to remain vigilant and stay updated on official announcements. Preparedness measures should be in place, considering the potential for aftershocks in the aftermath of today’s earthquake. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected regions.

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