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Earthquake shakes Afghanistan, no casualties

world Updated: Jul 12, 2012 21:36 IST

Buildings shook in the Afghan capital Kabul Thursday as an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 struck in the northern Hindu Kush region, according to a preliminary report by the US Geological Survey.



There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the remote region, but two slightly smaller quakes last month triggered landslides that killed at least 75 villagers.



In Kabul Thursday, office workers felt their chairs shake briefly and desk lamps swayed as the tremor hit.



The quake struck some 72 kilometres (45 miles) south south east of Faizabad, capital of Badakhshan province, and 121 kilometres (75 miles) northwest of Chitral in Pakistan at a depth of 190 kilometres, the USGS said.



Northern Afghanistan and Pakistan are frequently hit by earthquakes, especially in the Hindu Kush, 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.