- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

An estimated 1,000 security forces on Wednesday rushed to the scene of a powerful earthquake that hit at northwest Pakistan, leaving more than 200 dead.

MSNBC reported the death count at 238 and rising. The Associated Press confirmed at least 200 killed. At least another 350 were injured.

Helicopters rescue teams hurried to fly out as many injured and alive as possible. Most victim were killed in housing collapses.

The Tuesday quake was initially recorded at a magnitude of 7.8 and struck near the Iranian border. Its aftershocks could be felt as far away as the Indian capital city of New Delhi — 740 miles away. The quake even led to an island rising out of the sea, just off the coastline, authorities reported to MSNBC.

“We need more tents, more medicine and more food,” said Mohammad Bulledi, a spokesman for the local chief minister, in NBC.