Earthquake Rips Through Southern Asia

Many Afghanistan natives are without power and communications after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit. The strong quake hit the northern region of Afghanistan and tore through Kabul and Delhi as well as parts of the Asian continent. Pakistani officials said that the death count is at 147 people so far with more than 600 wounded. While Afghan officials have said the death total is 33 people and 200 injured.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the 7.5-magnitude quake was in the Hindu Kush mountains, which borders Pakistan, Tajikistan and China. The epicenter was 230 miles deep and 45 miles south of the provincial capital, Fayzabad.

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah tweeted that it was the strongest earthquake felt in recent decades. He called an emergency meeting earlier which was broadcasted on live television. He also said that telecommunications have been disrupted in vast parts of the country, preventing officials from getting a price picture.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.