Quake rattles parts of Pakistan

A strong earthquake shook parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan early Saturday, rattling buildings and forcing sleeping residents out of their homes.

More than 30 people were injured as houses or walls collapsed in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar, said an emergency rescue service spokesman; 41 people were taken to hospitals in the city, according to doctors and rescue officials.

Pakistani official Ghulam Rasool said the magnitude-6.9 quake was centered in Tajikistan near the Afghan border, beginning after midnight and lasting for 59 seconds.

However, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake was measured at magnitude 6.2 and was centered in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Twitter users in Kabul reported feeling tremors.

Some people panicked and ran out of their homes in New Delhi and other parts of northern India. But there were no immediate reports of fatalities or major property damage, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Associated Press