Strong quake rattles Afghanistan

Strong quake rattles Afghanistan
Strong quake rattles Afghanistan

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - People gather outside a building in the aftermath of an earthquake in Islamabad on January 11, 2024. A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit north-eastern Afghanistan today, shaking buildings from the capital Kabul to Islamabad in neighbouring Pakistan. — AFP pic

KABUL, Jan 11 — A powerful earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan today, shaking buildings from the capital Kabul to Islamabad in neighbouring Pakistan.

The epicentre of the 6.4-magnitude earthquake was in Jurm district in the Afghan province of Badakhshan in the mountainous Hindu Kush region, according to the US Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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It struck just before 2pm (930 GMT/5.30pm Malaysian time) and was felt in the capital Kabul, about 300 kilometres from Jurm.

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

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