A major earthquake rocked Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Monday.
At least four people were killed in northeast Pakistan, according to Reuters, which cited Pakistani health officials.
The 7.5-magnitude temblor struck at 1:40 p.m. local time Monday, 45 kilometers north of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan, the United States Geological Survey reported.
Panjshir province after Powerful earthquake In #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/tOeKonmEfx— Pajhwok Afghan News (@pajhwok) October 26, 2015
The USGS initially listed it was a 7.7-magnitude; Pakistan's earthquake center preliminarily recorded the earthquake at magnitude-8.1.
The earthquake could be felt in Kabul, Afghanistan, the nation's capital, and in Peshawar, Pakistan, according to the USGS.
Rescue operations in Afghanistan will take place under dry conditions, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said.
"Skies are mainly clear with clear skies expected tonight," Nicholls said.
Tremors from the quake were in northern India, where people fled building in panic, The Associated Press said.
I have asked for an urgent assessment and we stand ready for assistance where required, including Afghanistan & Pakistan.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 26, 2015
Pakistani leaders ordered the military to start rescue operations in all affected areas without seeking official permission, The Nation newspaper said on its website.
#Earthquake: All agencies have been directed to move out with their resources to find out welfare of country https://t.co/khhYGdGuku— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) October 26, 2015
#UPDATE | Electricity cut off in Srinagar following a massive quake in the Hindukush region.— Times of India (@timesofindia) October 26, 2015
Monday's earthquake is the strongest in the region since the 2005 Kashmir earthquake that was a magnitude-7.6. A magnitude-4.8 aftershock occurred about 30 minutes after the major quake, the USGS reported.