Over 130 killed, hundreds injured as earthquake jolts Afghanistan, Pakistan


Over 130 people were killed and at least 250 people were injured in Afghanistan as an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit the war-torn country and neignbouring Pakistan during the wee hours of Wednesday.

Several towns and cities in Pakistan also suffered damage.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said on June 22 that an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the early hours of the day.

The USGS said that the earthquake was about 44 km (27 mi) from the city of Khost in southeastern Afghanistan and was at a depth of 51 km. So far, there have been no immediate reports of damage or death.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said the tremors were felt over a distance of about 500 km by about 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

Pakistan media reported the earthquake of mild intensity in Islamabad and other parts of the country.

The National Center for Seismology was quoted by news agency ANI as saying that an earthquake of 5.1 magnitude occurred at around 12:38, 561 km west of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Earthquake tremors were also felt in Lahore, Multan, Quetta and many other areas of Pakistan.

The earthquake was felt for a few seconds and people ran out into the streets. There was no loss of life or property.

Last Friday, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck several cities in Pakistan, including Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Multan.

According to a report by Geo News, tremors were also recorded in Faisalabad, Abbottabad, Swat, Buner, Kohat and Malakand.


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