11 Apr 2016

Pakistan shakes for 'more than a minute'

9:24 am on 11 April 2016

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck south Asia on Sunday, shaking buildings in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

Children look towards a damaged residential structure in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Children look towards a damaged residential structure in Srinagar. Photo: AFP

At least one person died in Pakistan's Swat region, with another 30 injured, emergency officials said.

United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was centred about 40km west of Ashkasham in remote northeastern Afghanistan, close to the border with Tajikistan and just across a narrow finger of land from Pakistan's northwestern Chitral province.

Measurements showed it struck at 210km deep.

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

People carry an injured victim to a hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan.

People carry an injured victim to a hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan. Photo: AFP

In Pakistan's northwestern frontier city of Peshawar, emergency director Khalid Khan at the city's main hospital said three people were treated for "multiple injuries".

People in Lahore in Pakistan's east, 630km from the epicentre, also reported they had felt the tremors.

A witness in Chitral said the tremor was strong but there was no major damage visible.

A 7.5 magnitude quake struck the area on 26 October last year, killing more than 300 people and destroying thousands of homes.

A residential house shows damage in a powerful earthquake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

A residential house shows damage in a powerful earthquake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. Photo: AFP

In Kabul, Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority spokesman Omar Mohammadi said officials were collecting information but no 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 often felt across the region.

Just over a decade ago, a 7.6 magnitude quake in another part of northern Pakistan killed about 75,000 people.

-Reuters / BBC

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