Twelve schoolgirls reported dead in Afghan earthquake

Twelve girls caught in a stampede while trying to escape from their school among at least 180 killed after earthquake of 7.5 magnitude hits north-east Afghanistan, with tremors reported in India and Pakistan.

Twelve Afghan girls were crushed to death in a stampede of terrified pupils fleeing their school as a massive earthquake killed at least 180 people in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan –  Philip Sherwell, Asia Editor, Ali M Latifi in Kabul and Mohammad Zubair Khan in Islamabad report.

The death toll was expected to rise significantly by the morning as aid workers struggle to reach its epicentre in a remote region with poor communications in the Hindu Kush mountain range of north-eastern Afghanistan.

The tremor measured a 7.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, with its shock waves reaching as far away as the Indian capital New Delhi and unleashing panic in major Pakistani and Afghan cities.

The earthquake did, however, take place under a sparsely-populated region at an estimated depth of 130 miles, potentially limiting the number of casualties.

Read full report in The Telegraph HERE.