A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Pakistan-India border region at about 4.31 pm, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
The Indian Meteorological Department tweeted that the earthquake was at a depth of 40 km.
Earthquake of Magnitude:6.3, Occurred on:24-09-2019, 16:31:58 IST, Lat:32.9 N & Long: 73.7 E, Depth: 40 Km, Region: Pakistan – India (J & K ) Border region pic.twitter.com/tH6RDjGuxD
— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) September 24, 2019
The tremors were felt in north India including Punjab and Haryana, Seismology Department officials said. There was no immediate report of loss of life or property. Panic-stricken people rushed out of their homes and offices at some places in the region.
According to The United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter was 3 kilometres from New Mirpur city, the capital of Mirpur district and the largest city of the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
50 injured in PoK
Pakistan Meteorological Departments (PMD) earthquake centre said the 5.8-magnitude earthquake was located near the mountainous city of Jehlum in Punjab province.
Its depth was at 10 kilometres. However, Minister for Science Fawad Chaudhry said that the intensity of the quake was 7.1. The quake was powerful and created panic as people ran out of the building, eyewitnesses said.
Around 50 people, including women and children, were injured and shifted to a hospital in Mirpur in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir after a building collapsed following the earthquake, according to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority.
Parts of a mosque also collapsed in the area. TV channels showed the footage of heavily damaged roads in Mirpur, with many vehicles overturned. Several cities including Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Skardu, Kohat, Charsadda, Kasur, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Sialkot, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Chitral, Malakand, Multan, Shangla, Okara, Nowshera, Attock and Jhang felt the tremor.