7.5 Earthquake Kills 180 People In Afghanistan And Pakistan

Credit: MorgueFile

Credit: MorgueFile

A magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck southern Asia on Monday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

At least 180 people are left dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to reports.

 At least 146 deaths have been reported in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas that border Afghanistan, according to district coordination officials.

Afghan officials report at least 34 deaths in that country’s northeastern provinces.

Twelve schoolgirls, all between 10 and 15 years old, were killed in a stampede in northern Afghanistan as they tried to exit their school, according to CNN.

The girls were crushed in their Taluqan city school’s stairwell, between the first and second floors, according a spokesman, Abdul Khalil Asir, of Takhar province police.

The epicenter was 28 miles south-southwest of Jarm, Afghanistan, near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.  A USGS map showed that shaking traveled into Tajikistan as well, according to CNN.

The quake’s epicenter was at a depth of 132.7 miles. The USGS initially reported it as magnitude 7.7 and then revised it to 7.5.

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