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    Two people died in Pakistan due to a 6.5 magnitude earthquake which was felt as far as the Indian capital New Delhi.

    At least two people have been killed in northern Pakistan after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit areas across Afghanistan and Pakistan, with tremors felt as far as the Indian capital New Delhi.

    The earthquake’s epicentre was 40 kilometres (25 miles) south-southeast of the Afghan town of Jurm, near the borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Tuesday.

    Separately, Pakistan’s Meteorological Department put the magnitude slightly higher at 6.8 and later reported a 3.7 aftershock in the Hindu Kush region along the country’s border with Afghanistan.

    Two people, including a child, were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as a result of the earthquake, rescue officials have told Al Jazeera.

    “A 10-year-old girl in Swat, and a 24-year old man in Lower Dir died when the walls of their (respective) houses collapsed,” Bilal Faizi, spokesperson for the Rescue 1122 service in the north-western province told Al Jazeera.

    According to Faizi, landslides have caused damage in Swat district, 180km (112 miles) north-west of the capital Islamabad.

    “More than 20 buildings have suffered damages due to the jolts, and scores of people have been injured,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif asked the country’s disaster management officials to remain vigilant in the aftermath of the earthquake.

    So far no casualties have been reported in Afghanistan, local authorities have said, adding that health centres across the country had been put on high alert.

    The tremor was felt in Afghan capital, Kabul, as well as a number of Pakistani cities, including Islamabad and Lahore.

    Sarah Hasan, a resident of Islamabad, told Al Jazeera that the walls of her house vibrated as the earthquake hit the Pakistani capital.

    “It started off slowly and then became strong,” the 43-year-old said.

    “The house was vibrating, things were shaking. It started slowing down, and after a few minutes, it felt like everything is calm again.”

    Witnesses also reported feeling the shaking in Indian-administered Kashmir. There, people rushed out of their home in fear as they recalled two devastating earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syrian last month killing more than 50,000 people.

    “We were sitting in our home when we saw everything around us shaking. Initially, it was not very powerful but when we rushed outside we saw everyone in the street crying,” Muhammad Yasin, a resident of the main city of Srinagar, told Al Jazeera.

    “The images of the devastation from Turkey and Syria are still fresh [in our eyes]. For a moment, we felt it is the end of our world,” he said.

    There are no reports of damage or loss of life in the region.

    Large parts of South Asia are seismically active because a tectonic plate known as the Indian plate is pushing north into the Eurasian plate.

    A magnitude 6.1 earthquake in eastern Afghanistan killed more than 1,000 people last year.

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