Quake hits Rajasthan

A massive earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale shook parts of north India including Rajasthan around 2:30 pm today.
As the furniture and the buildings seemed to sway, people rushed out of their houses to be be in the safe open zone in Jaipur today.
Strong tremors were also reported in Pakistan, where 10 people are injured in the Punjab province, early reports said.

Kamla Mathur, 46, housewife in Jaipur, said: “We found our glass cupboard swinging and glass pieces rattling today. Something like this has not happened in Jaipur before.”

People said there were likely to be strong aftershocks and hence kept themselves outdoors for a while.

The US Geological Survey or USGS said the 7.5 quake’s epicentre was in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The earthquake occurred over 150 km deep in the earth.

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Jaipur and other parts of Rajasthan in the first week of September this year. The tremor which had struck at 11:27 pm had its epicentre in Sikar at a depth of 10 kilometres.

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