Live Updates: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan rocked by earthquake
A powerful earthquake has struck south Asia, with tremors felt in northern Pakistan, India and Afghanistan
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The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, has tweeted about the earthquake. He said he is praying for everyone’s safety.
Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone's safety.
I have asked for an urgent assessment and we stand ready for assistance where required, including Afghanistan & Pakistan.
The US geological survey is reporting that the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.5. It struck at 9:09 am near the cities of:
Social media users are posting images of what appears to be the aftermath of the earthquake. The full extent of the damage and the number of possible casualties is not yet known.
Earthquake tremors now in Islamabad pic.twitter.com/4x5XAfKHYy
People out on the roads ! #Earthquake #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/G04eaQcDXw
Vineet Gahlot, director of seismology at the Indian Meteorological Department, has told the Associated Press that the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.7 and an epicentre deep in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.
Pakistan state TV reported the same magnitude.
A major earthquake has struck south Asia, with tremors felt in northern Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
More than two minutes of sustained tremors were felt in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The quake also hit the cities of Lahore, Faisalabad and the mountainous region of Chitral.