"The epicentre of the quake was the Pakistan-Iran border and it measured 7.8 on the Richter scale," V. Dattatreya, head, seismology, India Meteorological Department (IMD), told IANS.

The quake took place at 4.14 p.m. (IST) at a depth of 33 km, an official said. Major tremors were felt at Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. The quake was reportedly also felt Afghanistan and UAE.

The strong tremors that lasted several seconds, leading to panic in many places. People rushed out of their offices and homes in the National Capital Region. There was no immediate report of any loss of life or damage to property.