Afghanistan earthquake: at least 250 dead after 6.1 magnitude quake, state media says
The Guardian says A 6.1 MAGNITUDE earthquake has struck south-east Afghanistan killing at least 255 people, according to the country’s official news agency.
The quake struck early on Wednesday morning local time with its epicentre near the town of Khost south of the capital, Kabul, the US Geological Survey reported.
At least 255 people were killed and 155 others injured in the Barmala, Ziruk, Naka and Gayan districts of Paktika province, Afghanistan’s Bakhtar news agency said on Wednesday morning. Rescue teams were being helicoptered into the stricken areas.
“Strong and long jolts” were felt in Kabul 200km away, according to a resident who posted on the website of the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
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