April 2016– Ashkasham, AFGHANISTAN – One person was feared dead after an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck South Asia on Sunday, shaking buildings and sparking panic in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, witnesses and the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The USGS said the quake was centered about 40km (25 miles) west of Ashkasham in remote northeastern Afghanistan, close to the border with Tajikistan and just across a narrow finger of land from Pakistan’s northwestern Chitral province. It was measured at a depth of 210km (130 miles).
Residents left their homes in Delhi, Kabul and Islamabad when the quake struck, with buildings shaking. Similar reports were received from across northern and central Pakistan and the northern Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, among others. A Pakistani official said at least three people were killed in Buner area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
In the Indian capital, metro rail services were temporarily halted. People ran out of their houses and assembled in open areas. Tremors struck Jammu and Kashmir around 3:59pm, and many localities reported power outage. –Hindustan Times
Felt in China: The China Earthquake Networks Center said the quake hit the Hindu Kush area at 6:28 p.m. (Beijing Time) at 36.56 degrees north and 71.31 degrees east, at a depth of 200 km. Residents of Kashgar, Hotan and Kizilsu Kirgiz prefectures of the autonomous region that borders Afghanistan felt strong tremors.
Deng Jiaping, a citizen of Kashgar, told Xinhua that the building she lives in shook for less than a minute, toppling her desktop computer and sending neighbors running out for safety. Some railway sections in the south of Xinjiang were closed for safety checks after the quake. Local authorities in Xinjiang are still assessing conditions in the affected regions. –Xinhua
Indonesian Quake: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted off the west coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island in Bengkulu province on Sunday. The quake struck at 9.14 am, the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) said. –Business Standard