Strong tremors jolted parts of north India, including Delhi and its neighbouring areas, on Tuesday night as an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude struck the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan. Visuals showed panic-stricken people out of their homes and on the roads as the earthquake struck around 10.20 PM and tremors were felt for nearly two minutes. There was no immediate report of any loss of life.
Several took to Twitter to share visuals of fans and other objects shaking due to the quake. Videos on Twitter also showed dozens of people out on the street. Twitter was flooded with “anyone else felt the earthquake” query.
Earthquake in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and several other countries of South Asia. We pray for the safety of you all and your loved ones. Stay Safe🙏#earthquake
— BLINK INDIA (@BlinkINDIA_) March 21, 2023
#earthquake vibrations felt in Punjab now every person out of their house. pic.twitter.com/e5Owh1vqOI
— Paraminder Singh Virdi (@virdiparaminder) March 21, 2023
Earthquake ghar me #earthquake#delhiearthquakepic.twitter.com/PwwsywkLT6
— Gaurav Bidhuri (@GauravBidhuri_) March 21, 2023
Delhi University North campus#earthquake#delhincrearthquack#earthquake#DelhiNCR#भूकंपpic.twitter.com/FxBmzd0cez
— ABHISHEK KUMAR YADAV (@abhishek9541340) March 21, 2023
Anyone else felt an earthquake??#earthquake in North India pic.twitter.com/RBD6GUkByO
— Professor 🎭 (@Masterji_UPWale) March 21, 2023
Malviya nagar #earthquake for 40 seconds..
Strong earthquake felt in south delhi pic.twitter.com/rldR5dCvsh
— shabnam (@Shabnam_adeni) March 21, 2023
#earthquake in Delhi ncr.
Think about your priorities humans.
Your time is now.
Can you differentiate between dogs and humans now. Run for your life. Even your own home is your enemy at this moment 🤣
Run and see how far you can from a danger. pic.twitter.com/a1V7arJ4hM
— Mukund (@kumarmukund) March 21, 2023
The tremor had a depth of 194 km and its epicentre was in the Hindu Kush mountain range, near the remote northern Afghan province of Badakhshan.
Large parts of South Asia are seismically active because a tectonic plate known as the Indian plate is pushing north into the Eurasian plate.
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake in eastern Afghanistan killed over 1,000 people last year.