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7.7 Magnitude Quake Rocks South Asia, Epicentre in Afghanistan

A USGS map showing the location of the quakes. The smaller, red circle depicts an M4.8 quake 42 km east of Farkhar and the orange circle, an M7.5 quake 45 km north of Kiran wa Munjan, both in Afghanistan. Source: USGS

A USGS map showing the location of the quakes. The smaller, red circle depicts an M4.8 quake 42 km east of Farkhar and the orange circle, an M7.5 quake 45 km north of Kiran wa Munjan, both in Afghanistan. Source: USGS

A powerful 7.5 magnitude quake struck Afghanistan’s Hindu-Kush region today and was felt throughout much of South Asia. The US Geological Survey has put the epicentre near Jarm in the country’s northeast, 250 kilometres (160 miles) from the capital Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 km.

The quake, which lasted at least one minute, shook buildings in Kabul, Islamabad, Srinagar and New Delhi, sending people rushing into the streets. At least 29 deaths have been recorded in Pakistan and five in Afghanistan, according to Reuters, while phone lines had reportedly come down in Srinagar while some roads had developed cracks in Chandigarh. The metro lines in Delhi were closed soon after reports of the quake had emerged.

Additionally, the Associated Press also reported that 12 girls had died in a stampede in an Afghan school while trying to evacuate the building.

With inputs from PTI.