Moderate 5.9 quake strikes Afghanistan

Last Updated: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 11:50

Kabul: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake
struck Afghanistan`s mountainous Hindu Kush region near the
Pakistani border early on Saturday, US seismologists said, but there
were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake hit at 1.37 am (local time) some 75 km
south-southeast of Feyzabad and 256 km from the capital Kabul,
the United States Geological Survey said in a report.

Its epicentre was 207 km deep, and was 140 km from
Khorugh in Tajikistan and 236 kilometres from Mingora in
Pakistan, USGS said.

Northern Afghanistan and Pakistan are frequently
hit by earthquakes, especially around the Hindu Kush range
near the collision of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Pakistan in October
2005 killed 74,000 people and displaced 3.5 million.


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First Published: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 11:50

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