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Quake damage difficult to assess in remote regions

Charities working in northern Afghanistan/Pakistan say it may be difficult to assess earthquake damage in the region because of a lack of communication links to the affected areas.

ABC News' South Asia Correspondent James Bennett has tweeted:


Indian PM: Country 'stands ready' to provide quake help

India's prime minister Narendra Modi has said the country "stands ready" to provide assistance where required following a powerful earthquake that was felt in India, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Witness: Quake 'most horrible three minutes of my life'

A woman in Pakistan has described the earthquake felt across the region as the "most horrible three minutes of my life".

At least four people have killed in the powerful 7.5 magnitude quake.

Witness: Afghan quake 'biggest and longest I ever felt'

The powerful quake felt across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India was "biggest and longest earthquake I have ever experienced", according to one eyewitness.

NBC News producer Fazul Rahim, who is based in Kabul, said in a tweet: "That was by far the biggest and longest earthquake I have ever experienced. Hope it has not caused any damage and casualties!"

Pakistan: Four killed in powerful earthquake

At least four people have been killed and scores injured in north-western Pakistan after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the region, according to officials.

The US Geological Survey has downgraded the quake felt across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India from 7.7 to 7.5.


Afghanistan: Hospitals on standby after powerful quake

Hospitals in the northern Afghanistan provinces of Panjshir, Parwan and Baghlan are "on standby" following a powerful earthquake in the region.

Afghanistan journalist Bilal Sarwary tweets that the health ministry is checking with medics in the regions and that all hospitals have been told to be on standby.

Quake felt in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

A powerful earthquake first hit a remote area of northern Afghanistan - not Pakistan as initially reported.

The tremor was also felt in India and Pakistan.

The quake was 196 km (120 miles) deep and centred 82 km (51 miles) southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range.

There have no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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