6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks Afghanistan, felt as far as Pakistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, A 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked Afghanistan, near the country’s borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan, northeast of Kabul, injuring dozens, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The region of Afghanistan struck on December 25 by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake -- denoted by the star -- is known for high levels of seismic activity. Photo by United States Geological Survey
The region of Afghanistan struck on December 25 by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake — denoted by the star — is known for high levels of seismic activity. Photo by United States Geological Survey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The earthquake is the second in three months in the country after the October 26 quake that killed more than 360 in the same area of the country.

The epicenter of the earthquake was in the northern Afghanistan province of Badakhshan, near the border regions known for seismic activity, the BBC reported. People in Kabul and the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, ran into the streets after the earthquake, and tremors were felt as far away as India.

More than 30 people were reported injured in Peshawar, Pakistan, when houses or walls collapsed, and 41 people taken to hospitals in the city, according to The Telegraph.

In October, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Kabul, killing at least 360 people and leaving more than 5,000 homeless.

By Stephen Feller

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