Pakistan and Afghanistan earthquake: At least 135 dead in 7.5 magnitude quake - reports

 
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The earthquake's effects were felt as far away as New Delhi (Source: Getty)

At least 135 people have died following a major earthquake in Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and parts of India, local media is claiming.

The earthquake, which registered at a magnitude of 7.5, centered in the province of Badakhashan in Afghanistan's far north. It hit at 1:39pm local time, at a depth of 132 miles, according to the US Geological Survey.


The epicentre of today's earthquake (Source: Geological Survey)

Official figures say that at least 102 people have been killed in Pakistan and a further 33 people in Afghanistan, including 12 schoolgirls trying to escape their building.

The country's capital city Kabul experienced a brief power-cut, while houses shook and cars rolled into the streets.

Its effects were felt as far away as New Delhi, where a disaster management team has been activated after strong tremors reached the city.

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted urging residents to "please stay calm and do not panic"

The region suffered a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in 2002, just 20km to the west of today's incident, which killed 150 people and destroyed more than 400 homes, according to the Geological Survey.

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