Powerful earthquake shakes buildings across S Asia

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 4:08 PM

S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, although there were number immediate reports of damage or casualties. The USGS said the quake was centered close Chitral in remote northwestern Pakistan, near to the Afghan border, at a depth of two hundred ten kilometer (one hundred thirty miles).

An earthquake with a size of 6.6 struck S Asia on Sunday, shaking buildings in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, witnesses and the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, although there were number immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The USGS said the quake was centered close Chitral in remote northwestern Pakistan, near to the Afghan border, at a depth of two hundred ten kilometer (one hundred thirty miles).

Residents left their homes in Kabul and Islamabad when the quake struck, with buildings swaying for well over a min in both capitals. Similar reports were received from across northern and central Pakistan.

People in the Pakistani city of Lahore, six hundred thirty kilometer from the epicenter, also reported they'd felt the tremors.

A Reuters witness in Chitral said the tremor was powerful but there was number major damage visible.

A 7.5-magnitude quake struck the area on Oct. twenty-six latest year, killing more than three hundred people and destroying thousands of homes.

In Kabul, Omar Mohammadi, a spokesman for the Afghanistan National Catastrophe Management Authority, said executive were collecting information but number reports of casualties or damage had been received so far.

Tremors were also felt in the Indian capital and in Kashmir, witnesses said, with some people working in high-rise buildings in the Indian capital rushing into the streets. The Delhi underground system was also halted briefly, commuters told the NDTV channel.

The Hindu Kush area bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan is a seismically active area, with quakes frequently felt across the region. Just over a decade ago, a 7.6-magnitude quake in another portion of northern Pakistan killed about 75.000 people.

(Extra reporting by Hamid Shalizi in KABUL, Asad Hashim and Kay Johnson in ISLAMABAD, Gul Hammad Farooqi in CHITRAL, Sanjeev Miglani in NEW DELHI; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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