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Strong Earthquake in Northern India

March 29, 1999

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ A severe earthquake struck in India’s Himalayan foothills early Monday, shaking a broad swathe of northern India, officials said.

The STAR television network reported at least nine people were killed, and the figure was likely to rise as reports come in from remote villages.

India’s seismological department measured the quake at a magnitude of 6.8, which it described as powerful enough to be ``severe and damaging.″ It lasted close to 40 seconds.

The epicenter was in a remote area of the Kumaon hills in the state of Uttar Pradesh, about 75 miles east of the city of Dehra Dun and 185 miles from New Delhi.

The quake was felt in major northern cities of Varanasi, Kanpur and Chandigarh. About 25 minutes after the quake, a series of aftershocks rumbled across the northern landscape.

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