NEW DELHI, February 13 (Reuters) – Indian authorities said on Saturday that there had been no initial reports of critical damage to buildings and infrastructure, or casualties, in its northern states after intense earthquakes of land in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan on Friday evening.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the earthquake’s magnitude at 5.9 and centered 35 km (55 miles) west of Tajikistan in central Asia.
As people prepared to fall asleep on Friday, strong tremors were felt by residents of northern states of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“Preliminary reports suggest that there has been no destruction or collapse of buildings, but we will examine whether cracks have developed in dams, bridges or power plants,” said SK Singh, an official. of the National Disaster Management Authority in New Delhi.
No casualties have been reported so far, he said, adding that the tremors lasted a long time and could have damaged parts of residential and public properties.
Fire authorities said the quake signaled superficial damage to buildings, which forced tens of thousands of people out of homes in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and New Delhi in India.
(Written by Rupam Jain; Editing by Michael Perry)