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2 small quakes shake Afghanistan

2012-06-11 11:00

Kabul - Two small earthquakes shook Afghanistan's mountainous Hindu Kush region in the space of half an hour on Monday, with tremors felt in the capital Kabul.

The first quake, with a magnitude of 5.4, struck at a depth of 48km with the epicentre around 160km southwest of the town of Feyzabad, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Around 25 minutes later the second quake hit in almost exactly the same place, with a magnitude of 5.6 and a depth of 31km, according to the USGS.

Buildings were felt to shake slightly in Kabul, around 170km to the south, during both quakes.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Northern Afghanistan and Pakistan are frequently hit by earthquakes, especially around the Hindu Kush range, which lies 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.