At Least 310 Killed As Powerful Quake Rocks Afghanistan And Pakistan

A man walks past rubble following the earthquake in Mingora, Swat, Pakistan, Oct. 26. Hazrat Bacha / Reuters

A powerful magnitude-7.5 earthquake rocked the eastern Afghan region of Hindu Kush on Monday, the U.S. Geographical Survey said, causing damage and hundreds of deaths across South Asia.

The earthquake epicenter was located 28 miles southwest of the village of Jarm, at a depth of 132 miles. The magnitude was initially reported as a 7.7, but was later downgraded.

The epicenter of the quake is in a remote, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan, meaning it could be difficult to ascertain the extent of the damage for some time.

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The powerful earthquake killed at least 311 people across Afghanistan and Pakistan, with Pakistani officials reporting 237 people dead, and some 1,000 wounded, theAssociated Press reported.

In Afghanistan, officials said 74 people had died, and more than 200 had suffered injuries.

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The Afghan figures include 12 girls who died in a stampede at a school in Badakhshan, as students tried to evacuate the building when the quake hit. Another42 girls were taken to hospital with injuries, a spokesman for the Takhar provincial governor told AP.

Meanwhile, in Baramulla in Kashmir, India, a 65-year-old woman became so panicked by the tremors she suffered a heart attack, police said.

Tremors were felt more than 900 miles away from the epicenter in New Delhi, India, where people streamed out of buildings as the quake hit.

A man carries a boy injured in the earthquake Monday at the Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan. Khuram Parvez / Reuters

A man lies injured following the earthquake in a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Oct. 26. Mohammad Sajjad / AP

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