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7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Pakistan, Afghanistan and India
By Agencies / Our Correspondents
Published: October 26, 2015
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A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.7 on the Richter scale jolted Pakistan, Afghanistan and India on Monday.

However, Pakistan’s Meteorological Department has said the earthquake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale.

The earthquake struck in northeastern Afghanistan, the US Geological Survey said, sending tremors that were felt in India and Pakistan, Reuters reported. Tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Chitral, Mardan and nearby areas. The epicentre of the earthquake was 265km NE of Kabul.

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According to sources tremors were felt for over one minute. The quake spread panic among people and they rushed out of their homes, however; no loss of life or property has been reported so far.

The quake was 196 km deep and centred 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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Aftershocks are still being felt and people have been advised to vacate buildings, Express News reported.

Hundreds of people raced from buildings onto the streets in New Delhi while the quake was also felt in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, according to an AFP reporter.

Following the earthquake, there phone lines were disrupted in parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Some houses have collapsed in Kaghan Valley, our correspondent Muhammad Sadaqat reports. However, there are no reports of casualties as yet.

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Further, a buildings have collapsed in Dabgari Garden and Warsak Road in Peshawar, our correspondent reports. It will take time to confirm the extent of damage or casualties as the most vulnerable areas are improperly constructed buildings.

Army chief General Raheel Sharif has directed Pakistan Army to start rescue operations across earthquake-hit areas immediately, the military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.

Here is a video of Express News studio in Lahore during the earthquake:

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