JARM, AFGHANISTAN – Mother Nature unleashed her own surprise attack on war-weary Afghanistan.
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake in the Hindu Kush Mountains near Jarm, about 160 miles northeast of Kabul.
Officials have recorded nearly 200 deaths, so far. A dozen students died in Takhar province, some of them trampled during the chaos.
More than 100 of the deaths were in Pakistan.
People as far away as New Delhi, India, felt the quake.
Officials expect to see the death count rise as emergency crews go through buildings.
Ten years ago this month, on October 8, 2005, a 7.6 magnitude quake hit the Kashmir region.
About 18,000 people died, but that earthquake was shallower than the one that struck near Jarm.
This is the area where the Indian and Eurasia tectonic plates collide, creating the world’s tallest mountains and some of the most devastating earthquakes. It was in April, just six month ago, that more than 8,700 people died in the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years.
The quake that hit northeast Afghanistan may not be as deadly as the Nepal quake, but it shows that the region’s instability is not limited to politics.