Powerful earthquake jolts parts of Pakistan

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A powerful earthquake shook parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Tuesday night.

According to the initial reports, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. However, there were no immediate reports of casualties or infrastructure damage.

Pakistan’s Meteorological Department said the earthquake measured at magnitude 6.8 and its epicentre was in the Hindu Kush mountain range near the remote northern Afghan province of Badakhshan.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude slightly lower, at 6.5, according to preliminary information. It said the epicentre was 40 kilometers (25 miles) south-southeast of the Afghan town of Jurm, near the borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan.

Initial reports said the tremor was felt in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, as well as a number of Pakistani cities, including Islamabad and Lahore.

People also reported feeling the shaking in Indian-occupied Kashmir as well as in Indian capital New Delhi.

Large parts of South Asia are seismically active because a tectonic plate known as the Indian plate is pushing north into the Eurasian plate.

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake in eastern Afghanistan killed more than 1,000 people last year.

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