Live Updates: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan rocked by earthquake

 October 26 2015 at 15:13   382    Pakistan India Afghanistan Earthquake

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

10.00am GMT

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9.58am GMT

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.

9.55am GMT

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:

9.51am GMT

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

9.47am GMT

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.

9.36am GMT

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.

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