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Pakistan earthquake rocks region

At least a dozen people injured

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan today, injuring at least a dozen people. Part of a 19-story building collapsed in the Pakistani capital.

Rescue workers were on the scene of the collapse in Islamabad, and at least two injured people were carried from the debris.

In the Pakistani city of Lahore at least eight people were injured and four shops were damaged, police said. The earthquake also damaged part of a school in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, injuring at least two girls.

US military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jerry O'Hara said the quake was felt at Bagram, the main American base in Afghanistan, but he had no reports of damage there or at other bases around the country.

The US Geological Survey said on its website the quake hit at 8:50 a.m. local time. It was centered 58 miles north-northeast of Islamabad at a depth of about six miles.

Arif Mahmood, a seismological official in the northwestern city of Peshawar, said the earthquake was felt in much of Pakistan.

Panicked people ran out of homes and offices in many cities. Local television said the quake caused panic in Islamabad, as well as nearby Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Quetta near the Afghan border.

It also frightened residents of the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed in entirety by both.

In Islamabad, buildings shook and walls swayed for about a minute. Slight tremors continued.

Residents in the Afghan capital, Kabul, also felt the temblor, fleeing their homes for fear they would collapse. Kabul is about 400 miles northwest of Islamabad.

''We are calling all our officials in the provinces. But we haven't received any reports yet of casualties," said Saed Jawad Qanah, an official in Kabul with the disaster department of the Red Crescent Society.

The tremor also affected northern India.

''It was so strong that I saw buildings swaying. It was terrifying," said Hari Singh, a guard in an apartment complex in the New Delhi suburb of Noida.

Hundreds of residents there raced down from their apartments after their beds and couches started shaking.

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