Strong 6.2 magnitude quake rocks Afghanistan

2015-12-25 22:42
Earthquake seismograph (iStock)

Earthquake seismograph (iStock)

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Kabul - A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck northeast Afghanistan around midnight near the country's borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake, which measured 203.5km deep, struck about 280km northeast of the Afghan capital Kabul at 23:44 ( (19:14 GMT), the USGS said on its website.

It caused buildings to sway in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, an AFP journalist said, and Twitter users as far away as New Delhi said they felt the quake's impact.

In October, a 7.5-magnitude quake ripped across Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing almost 400 people and flattening buildings in rugged terrain that impeded relief efforts.

For many in Pakistan, October's quake brought back traumatic memories of a 7.6-magnitude quake that struck in October 2005, killing more than 75 000 people and displacing about 3.5 million.

Afghanistan is frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush mountain range, which lies near the junction of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

In Nepal a quake in April and a strong aftershock in May killed more than 8 900 people.

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