"Please stay calm and do not panic. Disaster management teams have been activated," he tweeted soon after the quake shook northern India as well as large parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The epicentre of the quake, measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale, lay in Jarm in Afghanistan, 256 km northeast of Kabul.

The tremors jolted the whole of northern India including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre lay 45 km south-southwest of Jarm in Afghanistan, around 240 km from capital Kabul. It put the intensity at 7.7 on the Richter scale. The Pakistani Met Department put the intensity even higher -- at 8.1.

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