Shallow earthquake strikes northern India

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Updated 4:55 a.m. ET

A shallow earthquake hit northern India Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7, was only six miles deep.

It struck an area 166 miles east-southeast of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The nearest city is Bhadarwah, India, some 10 miles southwest of the epicenter. The temblor could be felt in parts of India and Pakistan.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Powerful, shallow quakes are capable of causing extensive damage, the Reuters news agency points out.