A massive earthquake hit Pakistan, Afghanistan and North India today, which was measured at 7.5 magnitude on Richter scale – it shook the entire region all the way to Delhi. In Pakistan, as many as 12 people have been reportedly killed while in Afghanistan at least 12 schoolgirls have died in a stampede during the evacuation process – details are awaited. 5 more are dead elsewhere in Afghanistan. In all, 52 people are reported to have died due to the temblor. Two Army personnel were injured when their bunker collapsed under the impact of the tremor at Sopore, 55 kms from Srinagar, in north Kashmir Baramulla district, officials said.
The U.S. Geological Survey initially measured the quake’s intensity at 7.7 then revised it down to 7.6 and later to 7.5.