7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked northern Afghanistan and Pakistan

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday. At least seventy five people are reported to have been killed including twelve schoolgirls in a stampede in northern Afghanistan as they tried to exit their school.

 

Authorities said that over fifty two people in Pakistan have been killed and that total is likely to rise. Pakistan is facing heavy rains, and there are fears the quake may have triggered landslides.

 

The earthquake was centered in the Hindu Kush mountain range, outside of  the district of Jurm in Afghanistan. The effects of the quake could be felt as far away as New Delhi, India.

 

Roofs, houses and several buildings are reported to have collapsed in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Telephone and mobile phone services have been disrupted in several cities.

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