BREAKING NEWS – 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.
The Reuters news agency reported at least 17 people dead in Afghanistan and 12 dead in Pakistan. Local news agencies quickly reported death tolls in the dozens. Afghan broadcaster Tolo TV showed images of collapsed structures. 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. FULL REPORT