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Earthquakes rock Afghanistan; 8 hurt

Eight people were admitted to hospitals in the city with injuries after the quakes.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 15:28 IST

Three minor earthquakes shook Afghanistan's northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday with eight people wounded in a scramble to flee buildings, an official said.

Eight people were admitted to hospitals in the city with injuries after the quakes, the head of the city's hospitals Mirwais Radie, said.

Some were hurt jumping out of buildings or from crushes as people rushed to evacuate buildings, he said.

There was minor damage such as mirrors being cracked by the tremors.

No immediate measurement of the strength of the quakes was available as the war-damaged country has does not have systems for recording seismic activity.

The first quake struck around 5:00 am local time (0600 IST).

"I was asleep. There was a bad earthquake and we fled from the house into the streets," said university student Nilofar, who uses only one name.

"All my neighbours were t here. We waited for about 20 minutes before going back in."

The second quake was hours later and less powerful, but one at around 11:00 am sent people back into the streets fearing that buildings might collapse.

Afghanistan is often hit by earthquakes, especially around the Hindu Kush mountain range that is near the collision of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, where seismic activity is high.

First Published: Nov 23, 2006 15:28 IST