At least one person has been killed and several others injured after a powerful earthquake tore across south-west Asia.
The 7.1 magnitude quake began in Afghanistan, close to the border of Tajikistan, and also jolted parts of Punjab, northern Pakistan and Azad Kashmir, sending people scurrying into streets.
“The 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck at around 3:30pm at a depth of 236 kilometres with its epicentre in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush region”, Pakistan’s Meteorological Department said.
A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8 on the Richter Scale hit the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border on Sunday. The epicentre of the quake was in the Hindu Kush mountain range, 248 km north of Peshawar, according to the National Centre for Seismology. The United States Geological Survey reported that the quake measured 6.6 on the Richter scale. The tremors were felt in many parts of north India, including Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Srinagar.
Tremors were also felt in Islamabad and other parts of northern Pakistan. There have been no reports of any casualties or damage to property yet. According to the government sources , “the tremors caused a landslide on the Karakurm mountain range connecting Swat and Buner”.
“One man was killed and another injured when a landslide hit a car in the Buner district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” a local official told the Telegraph.
Buildings were seen swaying for more than a minute after the earthquake struck in Kabul and Islamabad. In India, the quake was so severe it prompted city officials in Delhi to shut down the metro system, while there were fears of post-quake landslides in the worst affected areas.