A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Pakistan-India border region at about 4:31 pm, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake, which IMD said, had hit at a depth of 40 km.
The tremors were felt in north India and Pakistan with people rushing out of their homes in north India and the neighbouring country. The tremors that lasted for 8-10 seconds were felt in north India including Punjab and Haryana, Seismology Department officials said as well as major cities of Pakistan including Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore.
“Really terrifying feeling because I was sleeping,” wrote a person on the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre’s website that asks people to report their experiences.
“The epicentre was near the India-Pakistan border. The closest big city to the epicentre is Rawalpindi (in Pakistan’s Punjab province),” said J L Gautam, head of operations at the National Centre for Seismology.