Monday, October 26, 2015

Major earthquake strikes northern Afghanistan: live updates

By Jessica Winch

At least four people killed after earthquake of 7.5 magnitude hits north-east Afghanistan, with tremors reported in India and Pakistan

• 7.5-magnitude earthquake hits northern Afghanistan
• Earthquake shakes buildings in Kabul, Islamabad and New Delhi 
• Four people reported killed and "scores" injured
More than 100 people have been injured in Pakistan's northern city of Peshawar, said Dr Muhammad Sadiq, the head of emergency services at a government hospital there.
"Many more injured are still coming to hospital. Many are still under rubble," Dr Sadiq told AFP news agency
Earthquakes of this size have caused massive destruction in the past. Below is a list of some of the world's strongest earthquakes in the past five years, via AFP news agency:
• April 25, 2015: A 7.8 magnitude quake in Nepal kills almost 8,900 people and destroys about half a million homes. A massive aftershock with a magnitude of 7.3 follows in May, killing dozens more.
• August 11, 2012: Twin earthquakes with a magnitude 6.3 and 6.4 leave 306 dead and more than 3,000 injured near the Iranian city of Tabriz.
• March 11, 2011: Nearly 18,900 are killed when a tsunami triggered by a massive magnitude 9.0 undersea quake slams into the northeast coast of Japan, triggering a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant.
• October 23, 2011: An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude rocks eastern Turkey, leaving more than 600 dead and at least 4,150 injured
• January 12, 2010: Magnitude 7.0 quake hits Haiti, leaving between 250,000 and 300,000 dead.
• April 14, 2010: A 6.9-magnitude quake hits Yushu county in northwest China's Qinghai province leaving 3,000 people dead and missing.

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