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Strong Afghan earthquake felt across South Asia


The latest on a powerful earthquake in Afghanistan felt across South Asia (all times local).

2:00 p.m.

A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia.

Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on Monday. In the Pakistani capital, walls swayed back and forth and people poured out of office buildings in a panic, reciting verses from the Quran.

Vineet Gahlot, the director of seismology at the Indian Meteorological Department, said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.7 and an epicenter 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.