6.1 magnitude

Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 1000, toll expected to rise

Houses were reduced to rubble and bodies swathed in blankets lay on the ground after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake, photographs on Afghan media showed.

An unknown number of people remained stuck under rubble and in outlying areas, health and aid workers said, and rescue operations were complicated by difficult conditions including heavy rains, landslides and many villages being nestled in inaccessible hillside areas.

Earthquake with preliminary reading of 6.1 strikes southeast of Tonga - USGS

The quake hit 277 kms (172.12 miles) south-southeast of the capital Nuku'alofa at a depth of 66 kms, the USGS said.

Earlier USGS tweeted the preliminary reading of the quake to be 5.8.