Powerful Afghanistan quake hits cities across South Asia

Published: Monday 26th October 2015 by The News Editor

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A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan has rocked cities across South Asia.

Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Koran.

Vineet Gahlot, the director of seismology at the Indian Meteorological Department, said the earthquake had an epicentre deep in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Pakistan state TV reported the same 7.7 magnitude.

The full extent of the damage and the number of possible casualties was not yet known.

At least one person died when the roof of a home collapsed in the eastern city of Kasur, Pakistan TV reported. Other homes collapsed in northern Pakistan.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked authorities to use all resources to help any victims of the earthquake.

Published: Monday 26th October 2015 by The News Editor

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