Thu, Oct

Strong Earthquake Jolts Afghanistan



A 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocked northeast Afghanistan close to the country's borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan, leaving at least 30 people injured, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake, which measured 203.5 kilometres deep, struck about 280 kilometres northeast of the Afghan capital Kabul at 11:44 pm, the USGS said on its website.Kabul residents rushed out of their homes and buildings on what was a bitterly cold night amid fears of aftershocks, while the quake also caused buildings to sway in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.An AFP reporter said the earthquake appeared to continue for at least 30 seconds, while Twitter users as far away as New Delhi said they felt its impact.Though there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in Afghanistan, at least 30 people were injured as a result of the quake in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, according to a hospital spokesman.