A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, shaking the capital Kabul and killing 69 people – including 52 in Pakistan, officials said.
Shockwaves were felt in northern India and in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, where hundreds of people ran out of buildings as the ground rolled beneath them.
All Indians in Kabul are safe and there are no reports of damage to Indian owned property in the city in the wake of the devastating earthquake, an Indian embassy official said.
“As of now, there are no reports of casualties or injuries among Indians,” the official said, adding that Indian ambassador Amar Sinha was going around the city to assess the situation.
The quake was 213 km (132 miles) deep and centred 254km (158 miles) northeast of Kabul in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range.
The US Geological Survey initially measured the quake’s intensity at 7.7 then revised it down to 7.5. Aftershocks continue to hit the affected areas.
Twelve girls were killed in a stampede while trying to escape from their school in the north Afghan city of Taloqan while five people were killed in the eastern province of Nangahar.
“The students rushed to escape the school building in Taluqan city (capital of Takhar), triggering a stampede,” Takhar education department chief Enayat Naweed said. “Twelve students, all minors, were killed and 35 others were injured.”
In northwestern Pakistan, at least 12 people were killed, including one in the city of Peshawar, according to government officials.