Death toll from Afghan earthquake nears 80

KABUL: The latest on a powerful earthquake in Afghanistan felt across South Asia (all times local).

5:15 pm

Pakistani officials say a powerful earthquake in a remote part of neighbouring Afghanistan killed 62 people in northwestern Pakistan, bringing the total death toll from the disaster to 79.

Abdul Latif Khan, a senior official at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, says Monday's earthquake killed 46 people in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Another official, Mussarrat Khan, says 16 people died in tribal regions near the border with Afghanistan. Officials say more than 400 people were wounded.

Another Pakistani died when a roof collapsed in an eastern city. Thirteen people died in Afghanistan and three people died in the disputed Kashmir region claimed by India and Pakistan.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 and occurred at a depth of 212 kilometers (130 miles).

Mohammad Hanif, a top official at Pakistan's Meteorological Department, says Monday's quake did not cause massive destruction because the epicenter was so deep.