Earthquake kills 13 people

-Afghanistan and Pakistan

News/Photos source: CNN

Authorities have warned that the death toll from the strong earthquake that struck northeast Afghanistan on Tuesday may increase significantly.

The 6.5-magnitude quake caused at least 13 confirmed deaths so far and damaged buildings in towns across northern Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The tremors were felt in several major Pakistani cities and even as far away as the Indian capital New Delhi.

The United States Geological Survey reported that the epicenter was located 40 kilometers southeast of the Afghan town of Jurm in the Hindu Kush mountain range, at a depth of 187.6 kilometers.

In affected areas across Afghanistan, at least four people were killed and 70 others injured, according to Sharafat Zaman Amar, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health.

In Pakistan, at least nine people died and 44 others were injured in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, as houses and other buildings collapsed.

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Search and rescue teams are trying to reach more affected villages, and some of the districts hit by the quake are extremely remote and don’t have cell phone service.

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