130 Killed, Houses Reduced To Rubble As 6.1 Earthquake Hits Afghanistan

130 people killed, homes reduced to rubble as 6.1 earthquake hits Afghanistan

Afghanistan earthquake: Death toll also reported in Nangarhar and Khost, an official said.


An official said a 6.1-magnitude earthquake had killed at least 130 people in Afghanistan early Wednesday, adding that at least 250 people were injured and inspections were underway to confirm see if the death toll can rise.

The quake struck about 44 kilometers (27 miles) from the city of Khost, near the Pakistani border, at a depth of 51 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said.

A resident in the Afghan capital Kabul posted on the website of the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) “Strong and prolonged jerks.

A resident in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar said: “It’s very strong.

About 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India feel tremors, EMSC said on Twitter.

Photos on Afghan media show homes in ruins.

The head of the Taliban government’s disaster department, Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, said most of the deaths were in Paktika province, where 100 people were killed and 250 injured.

Another 25 people were killed in Khost and five in Nangarhar province, he added, adding that investigations were underway to determine if there were further casualties.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in Pakistan.

The disaster comes as Afghanistan is going through a severe economic crisis since the Taliban took power in August, when US-led international forces withdrew after two decades of war.

In response to the Taliban takeover, many governments have imposed sanctions on Afghanistan’s banking sector and cut billions of dollars in development aid.

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