Strong earthquake rattles parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan leaving dozens injured

earthquake Afghanistan 6.3 December 25

USGS Earthquake map

41km WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan 2015-12-25 19:14:47 UTC

Dozens of people have been injured in a magnitude-6.3 earthquake that hit Afghanistan near the borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan, just two months after a deadly quake in the same region

(SOURCE)   The US Geological Survey had initially reported the quake’s magnitude at 6.2.

The quake hit at a depth of 203.5 kilometres, about 280 kilometres north-east of the Afghan capital Kabul at 11:44pm on Friday, the USGS said.

Its epicentre was in the remote Afghan province of Badakshan, but it was felt as far away as New Delhi.

Though there were no major reports of damage, at least 30 people were reported injured in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar and 12 others in the nearby Afghan province of Nangarhar.

There was no immediate information from Badakhshan, where communication with remote, mountainous villages is typically slow.

Pakistani relatives tend to an earthquake survivor

Pakistani relatives tend to an earthquake survivor as he is treated at a hospital in Peshawar. AFP: A Majeed

A journalist in Kabul described how residents rushed out of their homes and buildings on what was a bitterly cold night amid fears of aftershocks.

The quake also caused buildings to sway in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

In October, a magnitude-7.5 quake ripped across Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing almost 400 people and flattening buildings in rugged terrain that impeded relief efforts.

For many in Pakistan, October’s quake brought back traumatic memories of a magnitude-7.6 quake that struck in October 2005, killing more than 75,000 people and displacing some 3.5 million.

Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which lies near the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

In Nepal a quake in April and a strong aftershock in May killed more than 8,900 people.

AFP

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