The Afghan-Pakistani border region is one of violent earthquake been shaken. Authorities of the ruling Taliban spoke in the first reports of hundreds injured and killed and dozens of houses destroyed in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika. The BBC quotes a local official as saying at least 250 have been killed and more than 150 injured.
The information from regional seismic stations on the strength initially fluctuated. Pakistani authorities gave the earthquake late Tuesday evening (local time) with a magnitude of 6.1. The US earthquake monitor (USGS) reported magnitude 5.9 and a slightly weaker aftershock. Accordingly, the center of the earthquake was around 50 kilometers southwest of the city of Khost near the border with Pakistan at a depth of around ten kilometers.
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According to Pakistani information, the tremors were felt in large parts of the country, in the capital Islamabad and even in Lahore in the east of the country. According to the civil protection authority, local emergency services tried to gain access to the affected remote mountainous region. The Pakistani side initially gave no information on damage and casualties. (dpa)