According to the National Center for Seismology, a unit of Indian Ministry of Earth Science, the epicentre of the earthquake was the Hindukush mountain range, known to be a high seismic zone. The US Geological Survey said the epicenter laid 45-km south-southwest of Jarm in Afghanistan, around 240-km from the Afghanistan capital, Kabul. It put the intensity at 7.7 on the Richter scale. The Pakistani MET department has put the intensity even higher at 8.1.
In Pakistan, the quake was felt in all major cities including Islamabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi. The earthquake struck the country at 2:09 pm (Pakistan time). A tally from local and provincial authorities in Pakistan put the death toll there at around 150, while at least 33 were confirmed dead in Afghanistan. Scores of people are also injured in these countries.
The tremors jolted the whole of northern India including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. In the Indian capital, Delhi Metro immediately suspended its services for some time.
While the recent magnitude of the earthquake is close to the devastating quake of 2005, happened in the same region, the destruction is comparatively less as the epicenter of the 2005 quake was just at a depth of 26 km, causing more widespread destruction. The Monday occurred at the depth of around 190-kms.