Afghanistan a country which has faced many obstacles in past few years today suffered another crisis.
A magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck southern Asia on Monday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
“Reports coming of damage and injuries in north eastern Afghanistan,” Abdullah Abdullah, chief executive of Afghanistan, said in a tweet. “Disasters authorities to meet within the hour and respond to the needs.”
The USGS issued an orange alert on the quake. “Significant casualties are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread. Past events with this alert level have required a regional or national level response,” the USGS said.
Local news agencies quickly reported death tolls in the dozens. Afghan broadcaster Tolo TV showed images of collapsed structures.
Is reported Twelve schoolgirls between 10 & 15 year old, were crushed to death in a stampede in northern Afghanistan as they tried to exit their school.
The epicenter was 45 kilometers (28 miles) south-southwest of Jarm, Afghanistan, near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. CNN teams in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan all felt strong tremors. A USGS map showed that shaking traveled into Tajikistan as well.
The quake’s epicenter was at a depth of 213.5 kilometers (132.7 miles). The USGS initially reported it as magnitude 7.7 and then revised it to 7.5.
Source : CNN http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/26/asia/afghanistan-earthquake/index.html