7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Afghanistan, Pakistan & India

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Over 200 people have died after a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Most of the fatalities were reportedly from Pakistan.

Tremors were also felt in northern India and Tajikistan.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a 7.5 magnitude, with the epicentre in the province of Badakhshan, which borders Tajikistan and China, in the Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan’s far north. It said the quake occurred at a depth of 130 miles (210km).

The magnitude was initially put at 7.7 but later downgraded to 7.5

An aftershock measured at 4.8 magnitude struck shortly afterwards.

Pakistani officials have confirmed the deaths of 94 people and an official in Badakhshan said there were reports of casualties and destruction.

The head of provincial disaster agency reported that 12 schoolgirls have been killed in the city of Taloqan, Takhar Province, in northeastern Afghanistan while attempting to escape the quake

The head of Nangahar provincial hospital has said there have been five deaths in Afghanistan, with 55 people injured.

The tremor was felt in the Pakistan capital, Islamabad, where buildings rattled for at least two minutes.

Tremors while were also felt in the Afghan capital Kabul as well as Delhi, India




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