At least 255 people died this Wednesday in an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale that rocked Afghanistan, according to the latest balance sheet from the Afghan Interior Ministry. The earthquake, which hit at dawn about 44 kilometers from the city of Yost in the southeast of the country, at a depth of 51 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), also left hundreds of victims.
Most of the victims were registered in the Afghan province of Paktika, where at least a hundred people were killed and another 250 were injured, said the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Mohammad Nassim Haqqani. Another 25 people died in Khost province, near the Pakistani border, and five more in Nangarhar, rescue efforts continue. Local authorities warned that the death toll could increase in the coming hours due to the large number of injured and the severity of the condition of some of them. “Some of the affected cities are located in remote mountainous areas, so it will take time to collect information,” Salahuddin Ayubi from the Interior Ministry said.
Pakistani media are reporting that a small quake has rocked the capital, Islamabad, and other parts of the country, although so far there have been no reports of infrastructure damage or casualties.
“We are calling on relief agencies to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the earthquake to avert a humanitarian catastrophe,” government spokesman Bilal Karimi tweeted.
Buildings affected by the earthquake this Wednesday.Pajhwok Afghan News
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In 2018, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit northern Afghanistan, very close to the triple border with Pakistan and Tajikistan. In 2015, a 7.7 earthquake in the same area killed more than a hundred people in Afghanistan and nearly 300 people in Pakistan, a country where more than 2,000 people were injured and more than 36,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. Two months later, another strong earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit the same province.
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