A Kashmiri man walks past a collapsed house in an earthquake-hit area on the outskirts of Mirpur on Wednesday. AFP
Photos and video carried by local media showed dozens of collapsed buildings and homes, uprooted trees and cracks in roads large enough to swallow cars in Mirpur, a town on Pakistan's side of the disputed territory of Kashmir near India.
According to state-run Pakistan Television, four children were among the dead in Mirpur, a town in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Media photos and video showed a collapsed building and cracks in roads large enough to swallow cars in Mirpur.
Mirpur, a city known for its palatial houses, has strong ties to Britain and the majority of its 450,000 residents carry both British and Pakistani passports.
District commissioner Mohammad Tayyab said eight people were killed, including three children. District police chief Irfan Saleem said more than 100 more suffered injuries.
"I am in the hospital right now and I am being told that several of the injured people are in a critical condition," he told Reuters by phone.
Major General Asif Ghafoor, a spokesman for the Pakistan Armed Forces, tweeted that army troops with aviation and medical support teams were dispatched.
"The quake was 10 kilometres deep and was felt in most of Punjab province, some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The worst hit was Mirpur, Azad Kashmir," Pakistan's chief meteorologist Muhammad Riaz told reporters.
Pakistan's military deployed "aviation and medical support" teams along with troops to affected areas in Kashmir, according to its spokesman.
The prime minister of Pakistani Kashmir said at least 100 people were injured and being treated in a Mirpur hospital, adding that there were no reports of fatalities and relief efforts were ongoing.
However, others gave conflicting tolls.
"More than 70 people have been wounded and at least three killed in the earthquake," Saeedur Rehman Qureshi, an official from the State Disaster Management Authority, told reporters.
Naeem Chughtai, a Mirpur resident living near the city's main hospital, told AFP that at least one 10-year-old girl had been killed.
He also said the area's infrastructure − including roads, mobile phone towers, and electricity poles − had been badly damaged by the quake.
Witnesses Sajjad Jarral and Qazi Tahir, who spoke to media by telephone from Mirpur, said the quake had caused a building to collapse and inflicted heavy damage on at least one road.
Local media aired images showing a damaged major road where multiple vehicles could be seen trapped in large cracks.
Tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, with the Press Trust of India reporting that panicked people rushed out of their homes and offices in several places, including in Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana.
"The earthquake was felt but there are no reports of any damage," Amir Ali from the disaster management department in Indian-administered Kashmir told AFP.
Pakistan straddles part of the boundary where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, making the country susceptible to earthquakes.
In October 2015, a 7.5-magnitude quake in Pakistan and Afghanistan killed almost 400 people, flattening buildings in rugged terrain that impeded relief efforts.
The country was also hit by a 7.6-magnitude quake on October 8, 2005, that killed more than 73,000 people and left about 3.5 million homeless, mainly in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
The quake was reported 259km northeast of Kabul in Afghanistan, 317 km southeast of Dushanbe in Tajikistan, 346 km north-northwest of Islamabad in Pakistan, according to National Centre for Seismology.
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