7.7 Earthquake Shakes Afghanistan, Pakistan, India
Oct 26, Kabul: At least 10 people reported killed, hundreds injured in area across Pakistan after a powerful earthquake with the magnitude of 7.7 hit northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, and was felt hundreds of miles away in Pakistan and India.
Local media reports said that at least four people died in Pakistan's Swat region and Charsadda districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including two women. Initial reports said that over 100 were injured. Reports of damage or casualties were trickling from Islamabad.
According to reports the quake struck at around 2:10 p.m. (5:10 a.m. ET). The US Geological Survey put the epicentre near Jarm in the country's northeast, 250 kilometres from the capital Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 km.
Director of seismology at the Indian Meteorological Department Vineet Gahlot said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.7 and an epicenter deep in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.
Pakistani city of Lahore said that phone lines were down following the quake, BBC news reported.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he had ordered an urgent assessment of any damage.
The Oslo Times