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Strong earthquake rattles Pakistan, India

By Marilyn Malara
The United States Geological Survey has reported a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in a remote area of Afghanistan. Tremors have been reportedly felt in Pakistan's capital Lahore and northern India. Image from USGS
The United States Geological Survey has reported a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in a remote area of Afghanistan. Tremors have been reportedly felt in Pakistan's capital Lahore and northern India. Image from USGS

ASHKASHAM, Afghanistan, April 10 (UPI) -- A strong earthquake in a mountainous region in Afghanistan has been felt across southwest Asia in cities such as Lahore, Pakistan and Delhi, India.

The earthquake on Sunday at 10:28 a.m. local time was initially reported at 6.6 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. China Earthquake Networks Center has measured the quake at 7.1 on the Richter Scale, according to Xinhua.

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There are no reports of major injuries or damages.

The earthquake was centered in the Hindukush mountain ranges about 24 miles from Ashkasham, Afghanistan. Tremors have been felt in Kabul, Islamabad, Lahor and Delhi.

Local residents evacuated their homes when the tremors started. In Pakistan, tremors were felt for around 30 seconds, locals on social media and Ary News said.

Metro services in New Delhi were temporarily closed as a precautionary measure after the tremors.

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