Major Earthquake 7.7 Hits Pakistan and India (26 October 2015)
Massive earthquake shakes South Asia
Magnitude 7.5 quake said to have originated in northern Afghanistan is also felt in areas across Pakistan and India.
A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake has struck in northern Afghanistan and was felt in a large area from northern Pakistan to India.
The US Geological Survey put the epicentre of Monday’s quake near Jarm in the country's northeast, 250 kilometres from the capital Kabul and at a depth of 213.5 km.
At least 12 students were killed in a girl's school in Afganistan's Takhar province, sources told Al Jazeera, adding that the death toll was expected to increase.
Hikmat Fasi, a resident of Parwan Province in northern Afghanistan, said the quake caused a lot of damage in the area.
"We are safe but I saw a lot of buildings collapse," Hikmat Fasi said. "It [earthquake] caused severe damage to our area. We are just praying."
According to the Inter-Service public relations office, all military hospitals and helicopters were put on standby and high alert.
Strong tremors were also felt in New Delhi and Islamabad, residents said, as authorities in India and Pakistan issued warnings for strong aftershocks.
Dozens dead in Pakistan
Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, said walls in the Pakistani capital swayed back and forth as people poured out of office buildings in a panic.
At least 38 people died in northwest Pakistan, as reports of damage or casualties were trickling in from across the country, officials told Al Jazeera. At least another 100 were injured, initial reports said.
Pakistanis leaving offices after 7.5 quake rocks South Asia
Shaukat Iqbal, a resident from Charsadda district in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa said it felt as if the earthquake "kept getting worse with time".
“I could see homes, buildings shaking. We are terrified and I am unable to reach my family living in Malakand district. All phone lines are shut."
Waqas Habibi Rana, a resident from Lahore, said many people fled their homes or office buildings as the city was hit by the tremors.
"As soon as we felt the first tremor we stepped out of our home. It stopped for a few seconds, but started again," said Waqas.
"The third tremor was really severe. It was by far the worst earthquake I have ever experienced in Pakistan. Everyone was scared and praying. It has triggered landslide in Baltistan [a mountainous region in Pakistan situated in the Karakoram mountains just to the south of K2]. Waqas further said.
Al Jazeera's Nidhi Dutt, reporting from New Delhi, said many residents of the Indian capital had already moved back into their buildings.
"The city's metro system was still down as part of the security measures," Dutt reported.