More than 200 killed as powerful earthquake strikes north-east Afghanistan, rocks Pakistan!
A powerful earthquake has struck remote north-east Afghanistan, killing more than 200 people in the country and nearby northern Pakistan and sending shock waves as far as New Delhi.
Hundreds more were injured as the magnitude 7.5 quake shook a swathe of the subcontinent, reducing buildings to rubble and sending terrified people into the streets as the ground rolled beneath them.
At least 52 people were reported dead in several provinces in Afghanistan.
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In Pakistan, the head of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Agency, Amer Afaq, said the death toll had reached 167.
Pakistan’s military spokesman General Asim Bajwa said nearly 1,000 were injured.
Deadliest earthquakes in past 30 years
Earthquakes, and quite often the subsequent landslides and tsunamis, have the ability to cause widespread death and enormous damage to cities.
The death toll could climb in coming days? Why
In one of the worst incidents, at least 12 girls were killed in a stampede to flee their school building in the north-eastern Afghan province of Takhar, just west of where the tremor’s epicentre was located? How did they die?
The epicentre was close to the site of an October 2005 quake that measured magnitude 7.6 and killed more than 75,000 people, displacing 3.5 million more, although that quake was much shallower. Why do you think so many people died in 2005 quake? Will as many people die in this earthquake? Why?