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Strong Earthquake Shakes Central, South Asian Capitals

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A man helps an injured boy to a hospital after an earthquake hit Peshawar, Pakistan, April 10, 2016.

A man helps an injured boy to a hospital after an earthquake hit Peshawar, Pakistan, April 10, 2016.

A strong earthquake centered in northeast Afghanistan rattled parts of Central and South Asia on Sunday.

AFP reported one person was killed by falling debris in Pakistan's mountainous northern region of Gilgit-Baltistan. There were no other immediate reports of fatalities or substantial damage in the four countries that felt the earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake's magnitude at 6.6. Its epicenter was in the Hindu Kush region at a depth of 210 kilometers.

The tremor was felt in the capitals of Kabul, Islamabad and New Delhi, with residents escaping into the streets as buildings rattled and swayed.

In October 2015, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake killed nearly 400 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The red arrow marks the approximate area in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan where a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck.

The red arrow marks the approximate area in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan where a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck.

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