KPK/LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Strong earthquake tremors shook buildings in different parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Sunday, including northern areas of Swat, Mansehra and Azad Kashmir, and as far south as Lahore and New Delhi.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the earthquake at 6.6 magnitude, putting the epicentre at a depth of 210 kilometres near Ashkasham in Afghanistan, close to Chitral near the Pak-Afghan border.
Pakistani authorities measured the earthquake at 7.1 magnitude on the Richter scale.
In Pakistan, the tremors were felt in areas including Swat, Kohistan, Astor, Chitral, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Lahore, Muzaffarabad, Peshawar, Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and other areas.
Witnesses in different parts of the country said the tremors lasted from between 15 seconds to almost a minute in some areas.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has ordered an emergency in all hospitals across the province.
A PDMA spokesman said that they had not received any reports of casualties or any major damages as yet, and that a control room has been set up for relief and rescue operations.