Magnitude 6.1 earthquake kills dozens in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Afghan medical workers attend to those injured in the earthquake. [Photo: Al Jazeera]

At least 130 people have been killed by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Afghanistan, according to the country's disaster management authorities.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that the quake hit sections of eastern Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan early Wednesday.

The death toll is expected to grow, according to media sources.

According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred 44 kilometers (27 miles) from the city of Khost in southeastern Afghanistan at a depth of 51 kilometers (31 miles).

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) tweeted that around 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India felt tremors within 500 kilometers (310 miles) of the epicenter.

According to witness accounts posted on the EMSC website and tweets from Twitter users, it was felt in the capitals of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"Strong and prolonged jolts," a witness from Kabul commented on EMSC. Another witness reported Peshawar in northwest Pakistan, "It was strong."

According to the Dawn news website, the Pakistan Meteorological Department reported that sections of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces were shaken by the earthquake, which added that there were no early reports of casualties or damage.

Publish : 2022-06-22 11:22:00

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