Tremors felt across Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, and at least 800 have been injured
Here are the latest updates:
At least 200 people have been confirmed dead so far, officials say
12 schoolgirls died in stampede to escape shaking school in Takhar province
More than 600 people injured in Pakistan, plus 200 in Afghanistan
Landslides and damage to scores of buildings reported
A 7.5 magnitude-earthquake has killed more than 200 people across Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
Pakistani state television announced at least 165 people had been killed after the quake in northern Afghanistan, while Afghan officials said 57 people died and more than 200 were wounded.
The epicentre of the earthquake was in Afghanistan’s far northern province of Badakhshan.
At least 12 of those killed were a group of schoolgirls who died in a stampede as they tried to evacuate shaking buildings in Afghanistan’s Takhar province.
Another three people are reported to have died in India-controlled parts of the disputed Kashmir region.
The moment the quake struck Kabul was captured live on the Ariana TV Network, when the presenter was forced to leave his desk as the tremors hit.
The video above shows the power of the quake, with the TV camera starting to shake violently while objects can be heard falling down in the background as the presenter attempts to continue his report.
In pictures: Deadly earthquake hits Southern Asia
Leaders of the affected countries have responded to the tragedy.
The Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, will cut short a visit to London to return to Pakistan. His daughter tweeted that her father would be “leaving for Pak shortly”.
India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has offered “all possible assistance” in a personal phone call with Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan President.
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