strong earthquake struck the Hindukush
Mountains in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, on
3 April 2007 at 08:05 AM local time in Afghanistan and has been
widely felt in north-east Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, north
India and the central Asian republics. It had a
magnitude of Mw=6.2 and resulted in several
injuries in northern Pakistan and in Jammu & Kashmir, India.
If you felt this earthquake, tell us!
The earthquake was centred 1.1
kms S of Khaneqa (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
11.1 kms W of Ghowryd-e Ghazemi (Badakhshn), Afghanistan,
32.8 kms E of Khombok (Badakhshan),
67.1 kms S of Faizabad (Badakhshan), Afghanistan,
112 kms WNW of Chitral (N.W.F.P.), Pakistan,
262 kms NNE of Kabul (Kabol), Afghanistan,
292 kms NW of Peshawar (N.W.F.P.), Pakistan,
393 kms NW of Rawalpindi (NCT), Pakistan,
463 kms NW of Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir),
649 kms NW of Lahore (Punjab), Pakistan,
1070 kms NW of Connaught Place (Delhi), India.
This earthquake was felt over a wide area in
Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. A child was injured while running
out of his school in the village of Dherkot another person was
hurt after jumping out of an office building at Muzaffarabad. An unknown
number of people were also injured in the Kashmir Valley in Jammu
& Kashmir, India, after jumping out of windows during the
In Afghanistan, the earthquake
was felt at Faizabad, Jalalabad and Kabul for close to 90-seconds. At Faizabad,
the provincial police chief of Badakhshan
province was quoted as saying "My room was shaking and the
light was swinging back and forth".
Many people ran
outdoors at Jalalabad and Kabul. In Kabul, loose items and
furniture including television sets were seen shaking and some
In neighbouring Pakistan, it was felt at 08:25
AM PST at Chitral, Dera Ismail Khan, Dir, Hangu, Karak, Kohat, Parachinar & Peshawar in the N.W.F.P., at Lahore,
Multan and Rawalpindi in Punjab and
at Islamabad in the NCT. Doors and windows rattled under the
impact of the earthquake at Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar sending people outdoors.
Strong tremors have also been felt in
parts of the Kashmir Himalayas including at Balakot, Daimer,
Ghanchee, Ghizer, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad and Skardu.
A child was injured while running out of his school in the village
of Dherkot and another person was hurt after jumping out of an
office building at Muzaffarabad.
In Jammu & Kashmir in India, the earthquake was felt at 09:05
AM IST at Doda, Jammu, Kathua, Kupwara, Poonch, Rajouri and Srinagar. In Srinagar, there were reports of
minor damage and a brief power outage following the earthquake.
The tremors lasted between 5-10 seconds in the city, rattling
doors and windows. Many people panicked and ran outdoors when the earthquake struck.
Several people were also injured in the Kashmir Valley after
jumping out of windows during the earthquake.
In Jammu, there was minor panic and telephone services were
temporarily disrupted. Elsewhere in the state, all schools were
closed at Rajouri following the earthquake while at Baramulla,
people ran onto open spaces as the quake shook buildings and
trees. Mild tremors
were also felt in the union territory of Chandigarh, at Gurgaon
and Faridabad in Haryana, at Chamba and Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, at Amritsar,
Firozpur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Jhangran, Khanna, Ludhiana and
Mullapur in Punjab, at Jaipur in Rajasthan and as far as Delhi.
At Firozpur in Punjab many people ran outdoors on experiencing the
quake for close to 30-seconds. Media reports hint at the possibility that tremors from this
earthquake were felt even as far as Bhuj in Gujarat though this
might be another smaller and independent event in itself.
The earthquake was also felt in parts of the Central Asian
republics including at Dushanbe and Khorog in Tajikistan as well
as at Andizhan & Tashkent Uzbekistan. In Dushanbe, people ran out
of apartment buildings as windows rattled and hanging lights shook.