At least 225 people died today in eastern Afghanistan following an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter open scale, the Afghan state news agency Bakhtar reported.
“A serious earthquake shook four districts of Paktika province, killing and injuring hundreds of our compatriots and destroying dozens of homes,” Taliban deputy government spokesman Bilal Karimi wrote on Twitter.
“We urge all aid agencies to send teams to the area immediately to avoid a catastrophe,” he added.
Bakhtar, quoted by the Associated Press news agency, added that relief teams were arriving at the scene by helicopter.
Bakhtar director Abdul Wahid Rayan wrote on the social network Twitter that 90 houses were destroyed in Paktika, where dozens of people could be trapped under the rubble.
Images released show victims being taken to helicopters to leave the area.
Pakistan’s meteorology department said the quake registered a magnitude of 6.1 and was felt in the Pakistani capital Islamabad and other parts of eastern Punjab province.
The European seismological agency EMSC said the earthquake was felt over 500 kilometers by 119 million people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) indicated that the earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.9, occurred at a depth of ten kilometers, at 04:30 GMT (05:30 in Lisbon), near the border with Pakistan.
Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.
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