5.9 magnitude earthquake hits Afghanistan

  • Agencies, Kabul
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2015 07:32 IST
The file photograph shows a building destroyed in the October earthquake in Panjshir valley, Afghanistan. (AFP)

The US Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan and Tajikistan. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

USGS. said the quake struck at 2:16 a.m. local time on Monday with its epicenter located 14 miles (21 kilometers) south-southwest of the town of Ashkasham in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, 186 kilometers (300 kilometers) northeast of Kabul. Its depth was measured at 57.4 miles (92.4 kilometers).

The quake was felt across northern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and in parts of New Delhi.

Panic-gripped people came out of their houses to take shelter in open especially in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province where strong tremor was felt. According to local media, several houses were damaged in Swat valley.

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 some 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.

(With inputs from AP and PTI)

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