Tajikistan quake shakes India, Pakistan

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A strong earthquake has struck Tajikistan and the tremors were felt as far away as north India and Pakistan, witnesses say.

Many residents ran out of their homes but no major damage was reported.

The US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 5.9 and centred 35km west of Murghob in Tajikistan.

The Tajikistan Emergency Situations Ministry said the epicentre was 420km east of the Tajik capital Dushanbe near the border with China.

The seismic service of the country's Academy of Sciences told Russia's RIA Novosti that the quake's intensity was measured at 6.1.

The news agency said there were no casualties or damage, citing the Committee on Emergency Situations.

Tremors were felt in Dushanbe but the epicentre was in a sparsely populated area.

Cracks were reported in some homes in northern Kashmir, the Indian Meteorological Department said.

A witness also reported a wall collapse near the northern Indian city of Amritsar but there were no reports of casualties.

A resident in Indian Kashmir's Baramulla district said it felt like a strong wind had lashed his house.

"My whole house shook and cracks appeared in a corner of one of the rooms," Firdous Ahmad Khan said.

Tremors were felt across Pakistan including the capital Islamabad and northwestern Peshawar and even as far as the eastern city of Lahore, which borders India.