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7.5 Magnitude Quake Hits Pakistan and Afghanistan

Roads and buildings destroyed by the earthquake in Swat, Pakistan. Photograph: ppiimages/Demotix/Corbis

Roads and buildings destroyed by the earthquake in Swat, Pakistan. Photograph: ppiimages/Demotix/Corbis

At least more 311 were killed in a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which hit North-East of Afghanistan.

However since it is a deep-focus eartquake, as the earthquake originated more than 200km (125 miles) below the earth’s surface, the damage is less than that which a similarly powerful but shallow tremor might cause, reported BBC News.

It was centered in the Hindu Kush region, 76km (45 miles) south of Faizabad and caused a landslide afterwards.

The death toll was mostly from Pakistan where 228 people were reportedly killed and more than 1,000 others were injured.

The authorities are expecting more causalities as damage in remote villages is discovered.

Afghan Landslide Killed At Least 2,100

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The side of the mountain above Ab Barak in the remote northeast of Afghanistan collapsed at around 11 a.m. (0630 GMT) on Friday after a smaller landslip hit a few hours earlier.

Reuters reported that Naweed Forotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governor as saying, “More than 2,100 people from 300 families are all dead”. 

The landslides which were triggered by torrential rain destroying hundreds of home.

Officials are worry that another section of the mountain side could collapse at any time.

Afghan villagers gather at the site of a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan province, May 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Afghan villagers gather at the site of a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan province, May 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Afghan villagers gather at the site of a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan province, May 2, 2014. More than 2,000 people are trapped after a landslide smashed into a village in a remote mountainous area of northeastern Afghanistan on Friday, a spokesman for the local governor said, prompting a massive search and rescue effort. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Afghan villagers gather at the site of a landslide at the Argo district in Badakhshan province, May 2, 2014. More than 2,000 people are trapped after a landslide smashed into a village in a remote mountainous area of northeastern Afghanistan on Friday, a spokesman for the local governor said, prompting a massive search and rescue effort. (REUTERS/Stringer)