In the aftermath of the Afghanistan earthquake, several people have been reported killed and injured. Several states in North India too remained shaken and stirred due to earthquake as videos of the quake’s effects go viral on social media.
On a quiet Tuesday night, the people of northern India were suddenly jolted awake by a series of violent tremors that lasted several seconds. The ground shook and buildings swayed as a strong earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale struck Afghanistan, with its epicenter near Jurm, located approximately 300 kilometers north of Kabul.
The United States Geological Survey confirmed the earthquake’s magnitude and location, revealing that the epicentre was at a depth of 187.6 kilometers. The region is known for its seismic activity, and earthquakes measuring six-plus are not uncommon, Indian Express reported.
As the news spread, panic gripped the region. People rushed out of their homes and into the streets, fearing the worst. The ground continued to shake, and the air was filled with the sound of falling debris and screaming.
In northwest Pakistan, at least nine people lost their lives, and 44 others were injured, according to a government official. In Afghanistan, the situation was no better. At least four people were killed, and 50 others were injured, according to a health ministry official.
The Facts of the Matter
The Afghanistan earthquake, which had an epicenter with depth of over 187 km, has triggered not only a wave of panic among locals, but also triggered wave of memes and reaction videos on social media. While the most dramatic and tragic consequences of the quake was felt in Afghanistan and Pakistan, states in northern India were also left shaken due to the earthquake.
On Twitter, netizens have shared visuals of fans and chandeliers shaking due to the quake. Videos showing locals rushing outside their residences to safety have also been making rounds of social media.
Delhi-NCR Feels Tremors of Earthquake
On Tuesday night, an earthquake hit the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, causing widespread panic in Delhi-NCR, especially among residents of high-rise apartments. People rushed out of their homes, screaming, and videos flooded social media showing shaking ceiling fans and chandeliers, as well as residents frantically running downstairs.
J L Gautam, an expert at NCS, explained that the severe tremors felt in Delhi-NCR were due to the earthquake’s considerable depth. While the NCS expert asked people not to panic, social media users shared videos of them running helter-skelter, trying to find refuge.
One of the videos shared by a user showed a fan shaking violently and as the camera panned away, one can see the chandelier also shaking as if gusts of wind were the culprit.
— richa anirudh (@richaanirudh) March 21, 2023
Another video taken by a social media user showed locals in Noida scrambled outside their residences, waiting for the quake to settle so that they could go back to their homes.
— Bhupinder Soni (@Bhupinder_35) March 21, 2023
On a more lighthearted note, a Twitter user shared a video of a bottle of alcohol also shaking vigorously, and the caption reading that the bottle was safe and didn’t fall on the floor.
Bach gayi 😜😜😄😄
— Major D P Singh (@MajDPSingh) March 21, 2023
Tragic Aftermath of Afghan Earthquake
Late on Tuesday, a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck Afghanistan, causing widespread destruction and claiming many lives. Reports indicate that at least 13 people were killed, and over 90 were injured in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In northwest Pakistan, nine people were killed, and 44 were injured, according to a Pakistani government official. Hospitals in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were put on high alert overnight, as the number of injured continued to rise.
The earthquake also caused significant damage to buildings and houses in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, a health ministry official said that at least four people were killed, and 50 were injured. Meanwhile, more than 100 people in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were taken to hospitals in a state of shock, according to Bilal Faizi, a spokesperson for Pakistan’s emergency services.