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Deadly 7.5-Magnitude Earthquake Jolts South Asia

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Herat, Afghanistan

Herat in Afghanistan. Photo: Sven Dirks.


A powerful earthquake hit northern Afghanistan earlier, with tremors being felt in Pakistan and India as well. The magnitude 7.5 quake was centred in the mountainous Hindu Kush region, 45 kilometres (28 miles) south-west of Jarm, Afghanistan, the US Geological Survey reported.

The death toll from an earthquake crossed 200 in Pakistan, according to BBC. Local news channels reported 231 dead and over a thousand injured. At least 33 died in Afghanistan.

Schools in Pakistan’s quake-hit areas will remain closed on Tuesday, October 27, due to possible aftershocks, according to local media.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also expressed themselves on social media after the earthquake. Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while speaking to the media said that he has cut his trip to London short due to the disaster and should be returning to Pakistan soon.

A Pakistani website put together a timeline of the deadliest earthquakes in the past 30 years. Today’s earthquake was, however, was one of the strongest ones to have hit Pakistan.

Eyewitnesses told news channels on television that the earth beneath their feet shook for many, many seconds.

After the earthquake, telephone, mobile and Internet networks came to a stand still in some places. Google announced it had expanded its Person Finder services to Pakistan and Afghanistan following the quake.

After Google, people have also started marking themselves safe on Facebook to inform their friends and family.

Read more: globalvoices.org

Written by Sheema Khan


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