Kabul, Afghanistan( CNN)[ Breaking news update, posted at 12:10 a.m. ET Tuesday]

The death toll from the earthquake that shook parts of South Asia was an increase above 300, officials replied Tuesday. The number of dead in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 229, disaster management officials replied, returning the overall toll for Pakistan, Afghanistan and India to 304.

[ Previous narrative, written at 9:44 p.m ET Monday]

The potent shake that struck northeastern Afghanistan on Monday likewise sounded people in Pakistan, India and Tajikistan, killing dozens, collapsing formations and creating terror.

The panic in itself was deadly: In one northern Afghan town, 12 schoolgirls died in a stampede as they tried to evacuate their institution during the quake.