ISLAMABAD – At least six people died, while 46 others were injured in northwestern Pakistan as a result of a magnitude-6.6 earthquake on Sunday that shook several Asian countries and had its epicenter in Afghanistan, officials told EFE.
Five deaths and 45 injuries were reported in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistani national disaster management official Latif ur Rehman said.
In the neighboring region of Gilgit Baltistan, one death was reported, while another person was injured.
The earthquake was detected at 2:48 p.m. local time (10:18 GMT) and the epicenter was recorded at a depth of about 210 kilometers deep in the region of Hindukush, Badakhshan province, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which observes seismic activity around the world.
The quake shook other Pakistani cities such as Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar, while many residents ran out to open spaces on the streets.
Hindukush is a mountainous area stretching between central Afghanistan and northern Pakistan, which forms part of the Himalayan region.
In October 2015, a magnitude-7.5 earthquake with an epicenter in the same area as Sunday’s quake left around 300 people dead and nearly 2,000 injured in both countries.