Fatal earthquake in Afghanistan: first reports speak of hundreds of deaths

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Afghanistan is a country where seismic activity is constant. This photo corresponds to an earthquake in January 2022.

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A Powerful earthquake hits eastern Afghanistan Wednesday morning, killing hundreds of people according to initial reports.

Although the information was still somewhat scarce, BBC reported that the death toll of at least 250 will surely riseaccording to local authorities.

The Meteorological Department of Pakistan, a neighboring country of Afghanistan and where the earthquake was also felt, indicated that the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.1. The epicenter was initially located about 44 kilometers from the city of Khost, in the southeast of the country.

The United States Geological Survey reported that the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.9, with a depth of 10 kilometers.

“Unfortunately, last night there was a severe earthquake in four districts of Paktiva province, which killed and injured hundreds of our compatriots and destroyed dozens of houses,” government spokesman Bilal Karimi said, according to the BBC report.

News in development.

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