NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India was ready to provide assistance to Kabul and Islamabad following a powerful earthquake with epicentre in Afghanistan.

A strong earthquake struck major cities of Pakistan, including the northern areas.Tremors were felt in major cities, including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Kohat , Malakand, Chitral, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.

Tremors were also felt as far away as New Delhi in India and the Afghan capital Kabul, but not in neighbouring Nepal which was hit by a major quake in April.

The quake was 196 km deep and centred 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department said the magnitude of the earthquake was 8.1.

Communication services have been disrupted in several areas and property damages have also been reportedly reported across the country.