Earthquake of 7.7 magnitude strikes south Asia


A powerful earthquake of 7.7 magnitude has shaken south Asia, with more than two minutes of sustained tremors felt in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, and buildings rattled in Afghanistan and India.

The quake was also felt in the Pakistani cities of Lahore, Faisalabad and the mountainous region of Chitral.

Office workers poured out of their buildings, including in the Afghan capital Kabul where UN workers rushed outside to safety.

Vineet Gahlot, director of seismology at the Indian Meteorological Department, told 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.

The full extent of the damage and the number of possible casualties was not yet known.

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