At least 12 killed in Afghan earthquake, says official

At least 12 killed in Afghan earthquake, says official

At least 12 people were killed and several others injured in a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that struck Afghanistan’s western province of Badghis on Monday. A local official gave this information.

“The most affected areas were Badruk, Darband-e-Safeed and Khak Polak in Qadis district east of the provincial capital Kala-e-Nav,” Xinhua news agency quoted district chief Mohammad Saleh Purdil as saying.

The quake, which struck at 4:10 pm, affected several houses and the casualties could rise, the source said.

The US Geological Survey said a 5.6-magnitude quake struck 40 km east of Kala-i-Nau, the capital of Badghis province bordering Turkmenistan.

The epicenter of the quake with a depth of 10.0 km was initially determined at 34.9479 degree north latitude and 63.5686 degree east longitude.

Several tremors were also felt in the area.

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