Afghanistan hit by second strong earthquake in days leaving over 2,450 killed under the rubble and many injured
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck western Afghanistan, just days after a series of deadly quakes left more than 2,400 people dead.
At least 80 people have been injured and a landslide has blocked the main Herat-Torghundi highway. The latest earthquake comes as Afghans are reeling from a 6.3 magnitude quake and subsequent aftershocks that struck the region on Saturday.
At least 2,445 people were killed and thousands more injured in the country’s worst quakes in years, according to Taliban officials.
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“More than 2,450 people are dead and many are injured"
The quake has hit remote rural areas where homes are unstable and poorly built, leaving many survivors homeless.
Saturday’s magnitude-6.3 quake – followed by eight strong aftershocks – jolted hard-to-reach areas 19 miles (30km) from the provincial capital of Herat, toppling rural homes and sending panicked city dwellers into the streets.
“Twelve villages in Zindah Jan and six in Ghoryan district are completely reduced to rubble. We expect the death toll will rise and efforts are under way to take people out,” the official added
Epicentre of the 6.1 magnitude was near Khost on the Pakistan border, with tremors felt in the capital Kabul, and covering an area of 500 km, as far as India.
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The death toll from a series of earthquakes in western Afghanistan has risen sharply to more than 2,060 people, according to a Taliban spokesperson, as rescuers searched for survivors among the ruins of razed villages.
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