A powerful earthquake shaken a wide area of south and central Asia today (Sunday), leaving at least one dead and at least 18 injured.
The one known death was in Kabul where a 44-year-old man was crushed when a wall of his house collapsed on him. At least seven people were hospitalized with injuries in Kabul, where the quake collapsed scores of buildings and sent residents streaming out of their homes in panic. There were similar reports from cities all across the region - as far north as Tajikistan, as far south as Islamabad and Lahore, as far east as New Delhi.
Pakistani and Indian seismologists measured the quake at 6-point-seven on the Richter scale, but the U-S Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado put the quake at 7-point-two. It placed the epicenter in the Hindu Kush mountains on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press said 11 girl students were injured when part of their school collapsed.