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Deadly Earthquake Felt Across South Asia

A Pakistani policeman digs through the debris of collapsed houses after an earthquake in Kohat on October 26, 2015. A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed at least 70 people as it rocked south Asia, including 12 Afghan girls crushed to death in a stampede as they tried to flee their collapsing school. (Basit Shah/AFP/Getty Images)
A Pakistani policeman digs through the debris of collapsed houses after an earthquake in Kohat on October 26, 2015. A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed at least 70 people as it rocked south Asia, including 12 Afghan girls crushed to death in a stampede as they tried to flee their collapsing school. (Basit Shah/AFP/Getty Images)

State-run Pakistani TV says 94 people have died as a result of a powerful earthquake in neighboring Afghanistan, bringing the region-wide toll from the disaster to 129.

Afghan officials say 33 people were killed nation-wide in Monday’s quake, including 12 schoolgirls who were trampled to death while trying to get out of swaying buildings. Another two people died in India-controlled parts of the disputed Kashmir region.

The U.S. 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.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a tweet Monday afternoon after the earthquake, saying: “I pray for everyone’s safety.”

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